As experts in matrimonial and family law, we’ve been asked just about every question possible when it comes to divorce and separation. And as you can imagine, we are well versed in providing factual, trustworthy and honest answers! Questions are bound to come at all stages of the divorce process. That’s why we’ve compiled a summary of frequently asked questions and answers, in an attempt to make what can be an extremely challenging time that little bit easier.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce?
Starting the divorce process may seem like a daunting and potentially lengthy prospect. But in reality, it can take between approximately 4 and 6 months to obtain a divorce, although the Coronavirus pandemic has increased these timescales at present. There may be complications, however, that can considerably extend the process, including complex financial issues, child arrangements, assets, property, and pensions.
That’s why we’d always recommend that you seek legal representation right from the beginning. An error at any stage can be costly, sometimes difficult to put right, and may leave you in a worse position than you would have been if you had used a solicitor from the start.
What are the Grounds for Divorce?
The only ground for divorce is that the marriage has broken down and cannot be saved. To prove this, you’ll need to establish one of 5 facts: Adultery, Unreasonable Behaviour, two years of Separation with the consent of both partners, Separation of five years even if one partner does not agree or has refused to cooperate, or Desertion.
How Must Does a Divorce Cost?
To lodge a Divorce Petition at Court there is a filing fee of £550. The person issuing the petition is obliged to pay the Court fee, but can ask that the respondent makes a contribution to this of the fact relied upon is fault based. In addition, there are solicitor’s fees. We work hard to provide you with the best possible outcome, and appointing a solicitor at this stage is a sensible way of ensuring that you get one to one support when you need it, and a full explanation of all options from the outset.
Do I Have to Go to Court?
The receipt of the final decree absolute legally dissolves a marriage; it would not be usual for the parties to have to attend Court for the divorce proceedings unless the suit is defended or there is a disagreement over a costs claim. However, it is important to note that the divorce proceedings do not include the resolution of financial settlements or child arrangements.
If you are able to resolve financial matters by way of agreement, it is highly unlikely that you’ll be required to attend at court. However, if financial and child arrangements cannot be resolved between the two parties, you may need to go to court. Although this can be a stressful process, rest assured that your solicitor will be there to guide you through all the required forms, statements, evidence and responses, ensuring that you get the best and fairest possible outcome.
If you have further questions regarding divorce, Vines Legal, who are specialists in matrimonial and family law, can help. For a free initial, no obligation consultation, please call us on 01246 555610 for immediate, friendly and professional advice.