Allard Bailey are specialist divorce lawyers in London
Sadly statistics tell us that 42% of marriages now end in divorce. Relationship breakdowns are one of the most stressful experiences in life and it is easy to become overwhelmed.
We can guide you through the divorce process with empathy, keeping you fully informed at every stage. Our divorce lawyers are able to do face-to-face consultations at our Holborn office or wherever is most convenient for you. We can be reached anytime via telephone, Skype and email.
Can I divorce in the UK if I don’t live there?
In many circumstances it is possible to divorce in the UK even if you do not currently live here and we can advise according to your circumstances. Indeed we have represented clients with connections to the Middle East, Far East, France, Australia and the USA. It is important to receive advice at the outset about likely outcomes if you were to divorce in a different country.
In the UK you must have been married for a year and meet certain criteria to petition the Court for divorce.
The party seeking the divorce is known as the Petitioner and the other party is known as the Respondent. The only ground for divorce in England and Wales is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. You must rely on one of the following 5 facts:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Two years separation plus consent
- Five years separation
We will take your full instructions and advise on the most appropriate fact in your case.
How long will it take?
There is no such thing as a “quickie divorce”, despite what the papers say! An undefended divorce, where there is no delay from either party in filing paperwork could take from between 4-6 months. However where there are financial issues to be resolved matters can take longer to finalise and we can provide advice as to your case.
How much will it cost?
If the divorce is a straight forward matter which is not defended, we may be able to offer you a one off fixed fee (plus any Court fees and disbursements) to cover all the work involved. Should your matter be more complicated we will provide you with estimates as to costs at each stage and regularly review your costs with you.