We can help you in all aspects of divorce and separation.
If you consider your marriage has broken down irretrievably, you may decide that you want to end the marriage and issue divorce proceedings. A decree of divorce can be granted on any of the following grounds:
- Adultery by the other party
- Unreasonable behaviour of the other party
- Desertion (the other party left without good reason) for 2 years
- Separation for more than 2 years where both parties consent to the divorce
- Separation for 5 years or more
The procedure for divorce generally takes around 5 – 6 months. Usually there is no need to go to court for a divorce. Once the final order (decree absolute) is made, you will be free to re-marry if you so wish.
Many couples prefer to reach an agreement about matters arising out of their separation without involving the court at all, either by negotiations though solicitors or other forms of dispute resolution like collaborative law or mediation. The agreed terms can then be set out in a separation agreement signed by both parties which can deal with a whole range of matters including when and whether you will get divorced, the arrangements for the children and financial matters.
At Hartley & Worstenholme we are conscious of the costs involved in instructing a solicitor. We will consider with you whether it is financially worthwhile to take the course of action at any given stage. Legal Aid may be available.
If you would like to have an initial meeting to discuss your options, costs or if you would just like some straightforward advice you can book a £99 (including VAT at 20%) fixed fee meeting with no obligation to instruct us.