Decided to get a divorce – is it as straightforward as you think?
If you and your partner have decided that your relationship has broken down and you are ready to take the next step to apply for a divorce (or dissolution if you are in a civil partnership) then you may think this is a simple straightforward step.
However, there are several factors that need to be considered before you begin the application.
You need to consider the following:
- What is the reason for the divorce?
- Where should you send the divorce petition?
- What are the different stages of the divorce process?
The law regarding divorce are changing and a “no-fault divorce” is being introduced in April 2022. This is when the current process to apply for a divorce will change. It is important to make sure that you receive full legal advice to make sure that you apply correctly.
At present to apply for a divorce you need to be able to prove one of the following five facts:
- Adultery (does not apply to same sex relationships)
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Separation for two years with the consent of both parties
- Separation for five years without the consent of both parties
- Desertion for two years.
Battrick Clark Solicitors have a team of experts ready to help you with the next step to make the process as smooth as possible. Our fixed fee divorce costs are currently £400 plus VAT if you are the petitioner (the party petitioning for divorce) or £250 plus VAT if you are the respondent (the party who is responding to the divorce). These fees apply to undefended divorce/dissolution.
The court fee is currently £550. Dependent upon your financial circumstances, you may be eligible for a reduction or exemption of the court fee.
For this fee you will receive advice from an experienced solicitor and the following:
- Preparation of divorce petition and all legal documents
- Dealing with all steps from filing your application at Court to applying for Decree Absolute.
- Liaising with the Court and to your spouse to progress the divorce proceedings to Decree Absolute.
- Advising at agreed stages about your progress.
For further information about what is not included in the fixed fee please visit https://www.battrickclark.co.uk/family-law/fixed-fee-divorce/.
If you require any further advice then please get in touch with our family department on 01179 731 391 or email [email protected].