How much will it cost?
We offer a free half hour meeting where we can discuss your matter with you and advise about the likely costs involved. We offer a fixed fee for divorce and can discuss what this involves and covers with you. Please call us on 0117 9777 403 or email Suzanne Henderson on email@example.com
Do you accept work funded through Legal Aid?
We are currently not able to accept work funded through Legal Aid.
How do I go about getting a divorce?
To get a divorce you must have a valid marriage, recognised by UK law, have been married for at least one year and your marriage must have irretrievably broken down. If both parties agree to the divorce you can go through the process of filing the appropriate papers with the court. Your solicitor will complete paperwork on your behalf.
What are grounds for divorce?
When applying for a divorce you will have to rely on one of five facts that have led to the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. The five facts for divorce are:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- 2 years’ separation (both parties agree to divorce)
- 5 years’ separation
The most common grounds for divorce is ‘unreasonable behaviour’.
How long does a divorce take?
The length of time a divorce takes will depend on the speed with which both parties can agree the terms of the divorce. In a straight-forward case where neither party contests any of the terms it will typically take 4-6 months. Any disagreements or delays can add significantly to this time frame.
How much will a divorce cost?
This depends on the complexity involved and whether the position is amicable or not.
What is an annulment?
An annulment is a legal term for declaring a marriage null and void. The marriage is considered to be invalid, as if it had never taken place. There are limited reasons why you can apply to the court to have your marriage annulled.
What is mediation?
Mediation can help you and your partner come to an agreement to settle your issues and concerns such as financial and childcare arrangements without going to court. You will meet with a mediator, an impartial person, who will listen to your concerns and give you legal information. If they believe that you need the advice of a solicitor they will let you know.
What is a pre-nuptial agreement?
A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract that you sign before you get married to agree what will happen to individual and joint assets, should the marriage break down.
Are pre-nuptial agreements legally binding?
Technically; no. Pre-nuptial agreements are not legally binding in the UK, however in the event that the marriage were to break down they would be considered by the Court if deciding financial matters. The Court will take them into account and if entered into correctly and are not unfair they can be very persuasive.
What is a cohabitation agreement?
Cohabiting couples, i.e. a couple that lives together but is not married, do not have the same protection in law in the event their relationship breaks down.
A cohabitation agreement can help set down some guidelines for the things that are most important to you and your partner and cover things like financial arrangements, property and disputes.
What is a ‘Common Law’ marriage?
There is no such thing! There has been talk of it in Government, but as it stands co-habitees don’t have any particular rights.
Do you have more questions?
Please contact Suzanne Henderson on 0117 9777 403, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to arrange an initial consultation to help answer your questions.