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If you have reached a crossroads in your relationship and are uncertain about the future, getting some initial advice from an experienced professional can help you understand your next steps.

We have a great range of services tailored to you needs. We offer free initial advice, a £99 45-minute face to face meeting, fixed price services and full representation.

No matter what your situation our Lincoln and Sleaford Family Lawyers are ready to help. Our Family Solicitors have a wealth of knowledge and depth of experience you will need to feel confident in our advice.

A No Fault Divorce allows couples to leave their marriage without having to use one of the five facts to prove your marriage has ‘irretrievably broken down’, you can simply make a declaration together saying that it has.

Can a couple jointly apply for a no fault divorce?

Yes. A couple can apply for a no fault divorce singly or jointly. Previously one spouse had to issue divorce proceedings against the other.

The new law doesn’t change that a solicitor can only act for one of you in any child or financial arrangements.

There might be the need to consider what would happen if one of you changes your mind due to a breakdown during discussions on child or financial arrangements.

How long does a no fault divorce take?

If everything therefore runs smoothly and there are no other issues, the minimum length of time to get a divorce now will be six months.

No Fault Divorce process.

  • A couple apply for a divorce individually or together. This means they can choose to make a statement together explaining their marriage has irretrievably broken down. They don't need to explain why.
  • A period of 20 weeks will apply as a ‘cooling off period’
  • After 20 weeks and the couple are still looking to proceed, a Conditional Order is granted by the court. At this point you can now file a financial consent order with the court following the Condition Order being granted and (if you are having one) the financial order sealed (agreed) you can apply for your final divorce order
  • A 6-week period
  • After the 6 weeks is over a Final Order is made by the court.
  • The minimum length of time to get a No Fault Divorce will be 6 months.

Can you contest a no fault divorce?

No, you cannot contest a no fault divorce. The reason for contesting a divorce is the mistaken belief that admitting fault will affect access to children and the fair division of financial assets.

Although a no fault divorce cannot be contested, the terms of the divorce can. For example, financial arrangements and arrangements for children. In this case terms may be agreed through mediation or, failing that, through the court.

What happens about the parenting arrangements and finances?

You will need to reach an agreement on how the arrangements for parenting and how the assets and finances are agreed whilst living separately, as these are separate parts of your divorce and are not covered under the no fault divorce law. 

If you are having difficulty on coming to an agreement between yourselves, mediation is the next reasonable step as it is a pre-requisite for going to court for a decision in most cases.

How much does a no fault divorce cost?

A no fault divorce may be less costly than the current divorce process because it is less contentious. It is hoped that more amicable agreements can be reached more quickly so outcomes are less expensive.

Arrangements for children and matters relating to property and finances will still need to be agreed. The associated costs here will be the same as any type of divorce.

We offer a range of clearly priced divorce services, so you can choose what best suits your circumstances. Our services range from initial Free Initial Assessment and Ask the Legal Expert (45 minutes for £99), through to full representation.

Check out our full range of service on this page. Getting in touch could not be easier. 

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How we can help you

We offer four alternatives, each of which is then tailored to your particular circumstances by our expert lawyers.


Ask the Legal Expert



  • 45 mins expert advice from a specialist divorce lawyer.
  • In person or over the phone – whichever is more convenient for you.
  • Discuss anything concerning you – money, children, property.
  • Suitable for those doing their own divorce who need some expert help or as a first step for those who plan to use a lawyer.
Our price
£99
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Lawyer-Assisted



  • Discuss your circumstances with a local, expert divorce lawyer in a telephone consultation.
  • We complete the legal paperwork for you and you submit it to the court.
  • Suitable for where the divorce is agreed and there are no issues over money or children.
Our price
£300
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Fixed-Price



  • We do everything necessary to obtain your divorce, from start to finish.
  • Fixed price given upfront with no hidden costs.
  • Local, expert divorce lawyers and in-person advice.
  • Includes the divorce element only – for issues over money, property or children you will need our full service.
Our price
From £500
(plus VAT and Court fees)
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Full Service



  • Suitable when the divorce or the division of your finances isn’t agreed and you expect to need to go to court for a judge to decide.
  • High quality service from expert, quality-checked divorce lawyers.
  • We take care of everything and work for the best outcome for you.
  • Value for money and no hidden costs.
Our price
From £200
per hour or a fixed fee agreed in advance
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Free Initial Assessment

Not sure what service is right for you or just want a no obligation chat? Use our Free Initial Assessment service to help answer any initial questions you have about your options.

*Court fees are currently £550

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