CAN ANYONE GET DIVORCED?
Well, you have to have been married for at least a year before you can start divorce proceedings. You also have to give a reason why you want to be divorced – and there is a limited choice of five possible reasons. They are:
1. Adultery – by the other person and not you (and not in same sex relationships….)
2. The other person’s behaviour, which you consider to be unreasonable
3. Desertion – This is a technical ground and rarely used so if it could be applied to you, we will tell you
4. You have been separated for at least 2 years and both agree to be divorced AND TO SIGN THE PAPERS
5. You have been separated for at least 5 years – the agreement of the other person is not necessary
Keep your eyes on the news because a new law is working its way through Parliament that will change all of this.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET DIVORCED?
The court fee (set by the court) is £550.00 at present. We offer a fixed fee for the work involved on our part in drawing up papers and seeing the process through. Your case is managed by a solicitor from start to finish and we are at the end of the phone if there is a problem.
SO, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE TO THINK ABOUT?
FINANCES! Getting divorced is only one part of the picture. A divorce will end the legal relationship but not the financial relationship. You would need a court order to do that. The financial arrangements are often the trickiest and the most complex. You may be able to reach an agreement with the other person and if you do, we can help to turn that agreement into the form of a court order to go to the court for approval.
It may be that you need help an guidance across issues involving property, pensions, the effect of a tax or other financial assets so that you can get matters resolved.
We can help you to try and resolve matters and if court proceedings have been started (or you want to start them) we can guide and advise you through that process, whilst making sure your voice is heard. We also offer fixed fees for some parts of the work.
ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOUR CHILDREN
Hopefully, you will be able to agree on the arrangements for your children when you are no longer living together as a family. If you are struggling, we can help. We understand that agreeing arrangements can be difficult and we aim to sensitively guide you through, being firm for you where needed but in a constructive way.
There are lots of options for you to think about. We can help, whether you are a parent, stepparent or grandparent.