Divorce

Whatever has led you to part ways with your spouse, our divorce lawyers will provide you with the level of support and guidance you need to move forward with your life.

Although the legal process of divorce does not require that you separate your finances, it is always advisable to do so. The aim should be for assets to be divided fairly between you and for each spouse to become independent after a period-of-time. You can read more about matrimonial finances here.

If you have concerns about arrangements for any children of the family visit Children Law and Contact.

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:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • 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.

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.

Legal Advice

 For an initial discussion about your situation, please call us on 020 7993 2936 or visit here.  

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