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Getting a Divorce is rarely easy. The process can be a painful but sometimes necessary one. You may be thinking about divorce and want to understand the implications before committing to a decision, or have already made the decision to end your marriage.
We will listen to your concerns and guide you through the divorce process in a sympathetic and supportive manner.
We understand the emotional challenges and financial worries which you may face going through a divorce. Our experienced Enfield family law solicitors will strive to achieve the best possible solutions for all related matters such as the financial arrangements on divorce/civil partnership dissolution and the arrangements for children on separation
What is involved?
In the majority of cases the legal process of ending a marriage can be undertaken without the need for you to attend court.
Provided you have been married for one year, the divorce application is started by filing a petition. If your marriage has broken down irretrievably, the divorce can be based on adultery, unreasonable behaviour, or desertion (often referred to as fault based grounds) or separation of at least two or five years (non-fault based).
Nowadays the basis for divorce has much less significance. Having made the difficult decision to get divorced, it is usually preferable to decide on the approach that will bring the marriage to an end as swiftly and cost effectively as possible.
Our expert team of divorce solicitors will help you choose the basis for your divorce or advise you how to respond to a divorce petition if you have received one, ensuring that your interests are protected at all times. If your case is more complicated, involving international issues or an uncooperative spouse, we will take the necessary steps on your behalf to make sure your case does not become drawn out.
If the court is satisfied that your marriage has broken down and that all the formalities have been complied with, a Decree Nisi will be issued. This is the first stage. A Decree Absolute brings the marriage to an end and this can be applied for six weeks and one day after the Decree Nisi has been issued, although we may advise you to defer taking the final step until a financial settlement is in place.
In many cases divorce will be the most obvious and suitable way of dealing with the marriage breakdown but we will help you consider all the alternatives including nullity, judicial separation and separation agreements before making the right decision for you.
Why we are different?
We charge a fixed price of £750 plus VAT for an undefended divorce, giving you the reassurance of knowing that you will keep control of your legal costs whilst your case is taken care of from start to finish by our family law specialists.
If you are the person commencing the divorce process, it is not uncommon to encounter some resistance to divorce at the outset, after all parties to a marriage will come to accept its breakdown at different times. A fully defended divorce is very unusual. For our fixed price divorce, your case will be treated as “undefended” if your spouse responds to the petition, confirming his or her agreement to the divorce by completing and returning an acknowledgement of service form, having received it by post from the court. In any other situation, we will provide clear costs estimates based on the likely timescales and work involved.
Unless you qualify for an exemption there will be a fee of £550 payable to the court when your divorce papers are filed. In more complex cases there may be additional court fees or disbursements payable. We will advise you whether it is appropriate to seek a full or partial contribution to these costs from your former spouse.
We have drawn on our many years of experience dealing with divorce to put together a useful guide 15 Tips To Help Avoid A Messy Separation or Divorce a practical and jargon free guide to help make the transition as painless as possible, which can be downloaded free of charge.
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