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This is a question we often get asked , our experienced team of Family Lawyers are here to help, here we have answered some frequently asked questions.
We offer a range of fixed fee divorce services that are top quality, fast and affordable. Everything is Solicitor led and we will progress things at your pace with a range of payment options for you.
You may want to know:
- You need to have been married for a year and a day before you can issue Divorce Proceedings.
- There is a £550 Court fee to pay on lodging the Divorce Petition in the Courts.
- You may be eligible for fees exemption if you are on a low income.
- It takes about 4 to 6 months to finalise a divorce and generally it can all be dealt with in absence – you don’t even have to attend Court.
- There is only one ground for a divorce – that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. That means that the marriage is over beyond repair and the person who starts the divorce (the Petitioner) must show the irretrievable breakdown by establishing 1 of 5 facts – adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, separation for 2 years with consent of the other person or separation for 5 years.
- You don’t have to blame your spouse for the end of the marriage so long as you have been separated for at least 2 years and the other person consents to a divorce.
- If an agreement is reached about monies then you can ask a Judge to approve the settlement in a Court Order and this will then mean that the settlement is binding.
- The first steps to resolve financial matters is to work out the net financial position of yourself and of your spouse and then see how those resources can be used to meet your financial needs and those of your children.
- The needs of the children will always come first in financial matters.
- If you are the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of your partner then you may be eligible for Legal Aid. We can talk you through the process and make a Legal Aid Application for you.
- Pensions can have a big impact upon financial settlements.
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