Whether you’re in the early stage of considering a divorce, or are certain you need a solicitor to represent you, QualitySolicitors can help.
Our services range from initial Free Initial Assessment and Ask the Legal Expert (45 minutes for £99), through to full representation.
For some, the divorce process is simpler than for others. Whatever position you are in, we can provide a suitable divorce solicitor for you.
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.
For more information on the divorce process, including grounds for divorce and arrangements for your children and finances, read our guides below.
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A divorce or separation can be tough, and often one of the most difficult aspects is reaching an agreement on financial matters.
At QualitySolicitors, we can ease these difficulties with our range of legal services, aimed at helping you agree on how to divide and manage your finances.
Arrangements for Children
If you’re going through a divorce with children, a fundamental aspect is making fair arrangements for your children.
In fact, a court won’t approve a divorce until it is satisfied suitable and fair arrangements have been made for the welfare of any children involved.
How we can help you
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
From filing for divorce to the courts final order officially ending the marriage, divorce can be a log process.Start a conversation with a solicitor before deciding the best actions to take.Find out more
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