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Divorce

If you’re thinking about divorce, it’s good to get legal advice as soon as possible so that you know what your options are. From there, if you go on to decide to file for a divorce, it’s natural to have lots of questions about the process. You’ll want to know what impact divorce will have on your home, possessions and finances. And if you have children, you’ll want to know how to make the right decisions for them too.

Divorce can be very stressful and we believe choosing and using a lawyer shouldn't add to that stress. We offer a range of clearly priced services, putting you in control – all provided by local, expert lawyers. Select the option below that best suits your circumstances or give us a call for some free advice.

 
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What do you get? Not sure which option is right for you? Discuss your circumstances with us and get some initial advice, at no cost to you. If you’ve got questions or concerns about how the law applies to your situation or problem – this service can help you with one-to-one friendly advice and guidance. We do everything needed to obtain your divorce from start to finish, with on-going advice and support throughout provided in-person. The alternative to our fixed price services, simply pay for as much of our expert assistance as you require.
Is it right for me? If you're unsure which option to select or have any questions about our services. You want some advice but don’t want to actually instruct a lawyer to take on the case, at least not yet. Or you want some guidance on your position. You want a lawyer to manage the whole process and don’t expect disputes over children or finances. You would like face-to-face advice. You expect disputes over children or finances.
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The Divorce process


Free initial assessment

This is when you find out about what is involved. It is also when you decide which service is right for you – eg 'DIY', 'lawyer assisted' or full 'pay as you go'

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.

Arrangements for children

Where there are children, you have to agree on how they will be looked after. The court can delay your divorce until happy with the plans. If you can't agree, the court may need to become involved.

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 divorced 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 will need to decide how to distribute your finances – this often continues after the actual divorce process itself has finished.


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