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Divorce

No one ever goes into a marriage wanting it to end in Divorce. We know how confusing, stressful and emotionally taxing divorce can be, that’s why we are here to guide you through the process.

A divorce is a formal ending of a marriage. It’s more permanent than a separation and involves a legal process. When people talk about divorce, it is likely that they are referring to the emotional fall out of the marriage breaking down and/or the practical arrangements for the children, home and money so they can separate.

To a lawyer the ‘divorce’ is essentially the paperwork necessary to bring the marriage to an end legally. The legal process of divorce doesn’t actually mean that financial or child arrangements are sorted.

Although the paperwork of the divorce can be completed relatively easily with or without a lawyer we strongly recommend that you talk to us before you start the divorce process. This is because getting a divorce and not dealing with the financial connections between you, such as joint ownership of a property or individual pensions, can have a disastrous effect. We can discuss all of this with you during a fixed fee first meeting with one of our Family Law experts. The advice we give you in this meeting is tailored to your specific circumstances. Knowing where you stand and how to take the next step is the focus of the fixed price first meeting. Want to know more? Click here to find out what to expect at your first meeting.

If you would like to talk to us about your divorce or to book a fixed fee first meeting, please contact the Family Law department on 020 8771 5254.

At Amphlett Lissimore, we specialise in this work. We can do what is necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for you, our client. Our approach is to be supportive of our individual clients and to keep focussed on their end objective whilst not being distracted by the stuff that does not make a difference but which will waste their time, energy and money. We can employ every negotiation skill to help you whether it is Mediation, round table meetings, Collaborative law or Arbitration.

We do all of this and more because discussions between different people are never the same and there’s never one solution that will fit everyone. The best outcomes come from the resolution option which is best suited to the individuals involved. Scroll down the page to see what our clients have said about us.

Our Family Law department are all members of Resolution and are committed to working with families and individuals to resolves issues and conflicts in a constructive way. We also have three trained mediators at our firm, so if you believe that Mediation could be a suitable route for you and your partner when it comes to agreeing the financial and child arrangements, we can help you with that too.

Is getting a Divorce expensive?

Please read what we have said above about what a divorce means legally – it does not include dealing with finances or children issues

Our charges for obtaining a straightforward divorce will be subject to a fixed price quote.  If it is not a straightforward divorce, we will still try to provide a fixed fee and give you advance notice of our fees. Sometimes the costs of the divorce will be paid by one person fully and sometimes they will be shared. 

 

The Divorce process


Free initial assessment

This is when you find out about what is involved over the phone. Find out more about our free initial assessments here.

Petition

This is the main document in which you make your request to the court for a divorce. You need to meet one of a number of different legal 'grounds' to be able to be divorced. This gets sent to court and then to your partner. At present in the UK, we do not have a no fault divorce, though this is likely to come in in the future.

Arrangements for children

Where there are children, you have to naturally agree on how they will be looked after. If you can't agree, the court may need to become involved, and these proceedings can sometimes continue after you are formally divorced.

Decree Nisi

This is the first step towards your divorce. Nisi means 'unless'. If all the paperwork is in order, a judge will grant this and 'unless' one of you changes your mind the final divorce should be a formality.

Decree Absolute

'Absolute' means final - your divorce is finalised. You are legally no longer married. You have to wait 6 weeks and 1 day after 'decree nisi' before you can apply for this – a sort of legal 'cooling off' period.

Financial matters

Often financial issues are agreed and a 'consent order' can be made. If not, then the court may need to decide how to distribute your finances – this often continues after the actual divorce process itself has finished. There are various ways of resolving financial matters – you can learn more about financial arrangements here.


Team Members

Liz Edwards
Partner
Bromley
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Carole Hack
Litigation Executive
Crystal Palace
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Donna Rose
Solicitor & Family Mediator
Crystal Palace
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Karen Bowey
Chartered Legal Executive
Crystal Palace
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Lucy Haines
Solicitor
Raynes Park, Bromley
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Samantha O'Dwyer
Solicitor & Family Mediator
West Wickham
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Sarah Stace
Chartered Legal Executive
Bromley
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Valentina Emiliucci
Solicitor
West Wickham
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