Relationship breakdowns are one of the most stressful experiences in life and it is easy to become overwhelmed. Sadly statistics tell us that 42% of marriages now end in divorce.
Allard Bailey’s divorce lawyers in London can guide you through the stress and complexities of divorce law and separation.
Where are you based?
Allard Bailey Family Law is based in Holborn, London. We also have an office in Hertfordshire. Our team of divorce and family solicitors can guide you through the divorce process with empathy, keeping you fully informed at every stage. You can meet our divorce lawyers in our offices in London or Hertford for a face-to-face consultation, or wherever is most convenient for you. We can be reached anytime via telephone, Skype and email.
What is the procedure of divorce?
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, should financial issues need to be resolved, matters can take longer to finalise. We can provide advice and assistance throughout this process, specifically tailored regarding the needs of your case. This includes dealing with any issues or disputes regarding prenuptial or postnuptial agreements.
How much will it cost?
Every divorce is different, but will provide you with cost estimates at each stage. We have a transparent approach to fees and will review your costs regularly, providing you with updates to ensure that you are always aware of your position. For further information please refer to Fees.
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. We have represented clients in 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.
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