Divorce, Separation & Mediation

There are many things to think about when ending your marriage, be that through a separation agreement or through a divorce. It’s going to mean changes to how you live, maybe where you live, as well as changes to your finances. This can be further complicated where children are involved, as they will still need care and support. It’s a huge change in your life and can be a very difficult and emotional time.

Our matrimonial team can explain the options open to you and guide you through the process so that you feel supported and confident throughout this most challenging time.

Fixed Fee Divorce Petitioner

Standard
£750
Commencement meeting
Advice letter to you about your divorce
Letter to the respondent's solicitor regarding your divorce
Drafting and filing your divorce petition
Reviewing Acknowledgement of Service form
Assistance with completion of your statement in support of divorce
Decree Nisi application
Decree Absolute application
Progress meeting (Std 30mins, Premium 1hr, Premium Plus unlimited)
Obtaining your marriage certificate
Severing joint tenancy *
Registering matrimonial home rights *
Change of Name Deed
Regular progress reports
Discounted related matter (Financial Settlement or Child Contact) **
Or 3 Monthly Payments of £250, or 6 Monthly Payments of £125
Premium
£1,260
Commencement meeting
Advice letter to you about your divorce
Letter to the respondent's solicitor regarding your divorce
Drafting and filing your divorce petition
Reviewing Acknowledgement of Service form
Assistance with completion of your statement in support of divorce
Decree Nisi application
Decree Absolute application
Progress meeting (Std 30mins, Premium 1hr, Premium Plus unlimited)
Obtaining your marriage certificate
Severing joint tenancy * (Premium 1 property, Premium Plus unlimited properties)
Registering matrimonial home rights *
Change of Name Deed
Regular progress reports
Discounted related matter (Financial Settlement or Child Contact) **
Or 3 Monthly Payments of £420, or 6 Monthly Payments of £210
Premium Plus
£1,905
Best Value
Commencement meeting
Advice letter to you about your divorce
Letter to the respondent's solicitor regarding your divorce
Drafting and filing your divorce petition
Reviewing Acknowledgement of Service form
Assistance with completion of your statement in support of divorce
Decree Nisi application
Decree Absolute application
Progress Meeting (Std 30mins, Premium 1hr, Premium Plus unlimited)
Obtaining your marriage certificate
Severing joint tenancy * (Premium 1 property, Premium Plus unlimited properties)
Registering matrimonial home rights *
Change of Name Deed
Regular progress reports
Discounted related matter (Financial Settlement or Child Contact) **
Or 3 Monthly Payments of £635, or 6 Monthly Payments of £317.50

 

* Where applicable

** Discount applies to one further listed matter only

All Prices include VAT but exclude HMCTS application fee of £550.00, financial issues, defended/contested divorces and cost disputes.

Fixed Fee Divorce Respondent
Standard
£450
Commencement meeting
Advice letter to you about your divorce
Review of Petitioner's divorce petition
Drafting and filing with the court the court your Acknowledgment of Service
Advice Meeting regarding your divorce (Std 30mins, Premium 1hr, Premium Plus unlimited)
Severing joint tenancy * (Premium 1 property, Premium Plus unlimited properties)
Registering matrimonial home rights *
Change of Name Deed
Regular progress reports
Discounted related matter (Financial Settlement or Child Contact) **
Or 3 Monthly Payments of £150, or 6 Monthly Payments of £75
Premium
£840
Commencement meeting
Advice letter to you about your divorce
Review of Petitioner's divorce petition
Drafting and filing with the court the court your Acknowledgment of Service
Advice Meeting regarding your divorce (Std 30mins, Premium 1hr, Premium Plus unlimited)
Severing joint tenancy * (Premium 1 property, Premium Plus unlimited properties)
Registering matrimonial home rights *
Change of Name Deed
Regular progress reports
Discounted related matter (Financial Settlement or Child Contact) **
Or 3 Monthly Payments of £280, or 6 Monthly Payments of £140
Premium Plus
£1,440
Best Value
Commencement meeting
Advice letter to you about your divorce
Review of Petitioner's divorce petition
Drafting and filing with the court the court your Acknowledgment of Service
Advice Meeting regarding your divorce (Std 30mins, Premium 1hr, Premium Plus unlimited)
Severing joint tenancy * (Premium 1 property, Premium Plus unlimited properties)
Registering matrimonial home rights *
Change of Name Deed
Regular progress reports
Discounted related matter (Financial Settlement or Child Contact) **
Or 3 Monthly Payments of £480, or 6 Monthly Payments of £240

* Where applicable

** Discount applies to one further listed matter only

All Prices include VAT but exclude HMCTS application fee of £550.00, financial issues, defended/contested divorces and cost disputes.

Discounted consultations

Standard
£100
Financial Settlement Consultation (£180.00 value)
Save £80
Premium
£50
Financial Settlement Consultation (£180.00 value)
Save £130
Premium Plus
£FREE
Financial Settlement Consultation (£180.00 value)
Save £180

Standard
£100
Child Contact Consultation (£180.00 value)
Save £80
Premium
£50
Child Contact Consultation (£180.00 value)
Save £130
Premium Plus
£FREE
Child Contact Consultation (£180.00 value)
Save £180

* Where applicable

** Discount applies to one further listed matter only

All Prices include VAT but exclude HMCTS application fee of £550.00, financial issues, defended/contested divorces and cost disputes.

Organised Life Add-ons

Standard
£250
Drafting of your will and LPA advice if required
Premium
£225
Drafting of your will and LPA advice if required
Premium Plus
£220
Drafting of your will and LPA advice if required

* Where applicable

** Discount applies to one further listed matter only

All Prices include VAT but exclude HMCTS application fee of £550.00, financial issues, defended/contested divorces and cost disputes.

What is the Divorce Procedure?

The legal process of divorce formally brings a marriage to an end, the procedure being dealt with in the family Court.

Before taking steps to end your marriage, you may wish to consider a legal separation, perhaps on a trial basis. This may enable you to resolve matters and in any case is the only alternative when you are not able to initiate divorce proceedings.

When Divorce is the Only Alternative

Before any divorce proceedings can be started, the law requires that proper grounds are stated and that a number of conditions are met:-

  • The couple must have been married for at least one year
  • The marriage have irretrievably broken
  • And that at least one of five grounds (legal reasons as listed below) exist.

The five grounds for divorce are:-

  • The other party has committed adultery, this having to have taken place within the last six months
  • The other person has behaved in an unreasonable way, to such an extent that the other party applying for the divorce could not reasonably be expected to live with them
  • The other person has deserted the person applying for a period of at least two years
  • The couple have lived apart for a period of two years and both agree to an (uncontested) divorce
  • Where one party will not consent to the divorce (a contested divorce) and the couple have lived apart for five years

The Matter of Money

Money can be a real cause of contention in any divorce, especially where children are in the equation, as each party must consider how they are going to live after the divorce has been agreed to.

Every divorce is different, the assets of both parties, any prenuptial agreements, the length of the marriage and the earning potential of both parties having to be taken into account.

Legal Representation – Divorce Mediation – Divorce and Family Law

You may wish to know more about the likely outcome of any divorce proceedings before officially starting any action. Our experienced divorce lawyers will be able to give you an idea of the outcomes should you decide to proceed, this allowing you to make the best decision based on your own unique situation.

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

The average time it takes to obtain a divorce is between 4-6 months. This includes a six week court imposed block. More complicated cases can take a lot longer, matters like child custody potentially extending the timeframe.

If you would like a consultation with one of our experienced divorce lawyers,  please call us on 01787 277375 or use the online form.

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