The mediation voucher scheme is being expanded to help thousands more separating couples resolve disputes without having to go to court. The scheme, launched by the Government in March, provides a £500 voucher for mediation services with the aim of finding amicable solutions to disagreements. It seeks to spare eligible families the trauma of going through
Divorce & Separation
The prospect of divorce can be daunting. All our divorce lawyers are fully qualified, experienced and understanding. Our aim is to ensure we provide a pragmatic and sensitive approach.
Talk to one of our friendly and experienced team on 01442 872311
How do I get a divorce?
To apply for a divorce you must have been married for at least one year. The ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This must be based upon one of the five following facts:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Desertion for a period of more than two years
- Two years separation by consent
- Five years separation
How much does it cost to get divorced?
We offer fixed-fee advice. Our fixed fee uncontested divorce (Petitioner) is £650 plus VAT and the court fee of £593 (total £1,373).
- Fixed Fee Pricing Information – Uncontested Divorce (Petitioner) or Dissolution of Civil Partnership
- Fixed Fee Pricing Information – Uncontested Divorce or Dissolution of Civil Partnership (Respondent)
How long does it take to get divorced?
This largely depends on the court timescales but on average can take nine months subject to holding over Decree Absolute until financial matters have been resolved.
How will the assets be divided?
The division of assets does depend on individual circumstances taking into consideration the factors in Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, there is not one rule for all. We can provide detailed advice based upon your assets and circumstances and would recommend attending an initial fixed fee appointment to discuss this and obtain the tailored advice you need.
Is maintenance payable?
It is preferable to try to agree payment of maintenance for children on a voluntary basis using the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) guidelines. If an agreement cannot be reached, the CMS has exclusive jurisdiction in respect of maintenance for children. A CMS calculator can be found on the CMS website.
Please note spousal maintenance is separate to child maintenance and dealt with in the overall division of the assets (see above).
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