Getting a divorce
Fixed Fee initial consultation
You may be thinking about beginning divorce proceedings, but are unsure about what the process involves, how long it will take, the different options and routes open to you and how much it will cost and what the likely outcome will be. Because we know how important it is for you to obtain some initial advice quickly and cheaply we offer a fixed fee initial consultation.
What this means is that we will arrange an appointment for you to meet with a specialist divorce advice solicitor with whom you can discuss your circumstances in full confidence. The solicitor will then summarise the options available to you and all costs going forward. This information will also be recorded in writing for your record. This appointment can be arranged for a one off fixed cost.
After this appointment you will then be able to decide if you still want to proceed with a divorce and whether or not you would like to instruct us.
To arrange a fixed fee consultation you can fill in our online form or call us on 020 7485 8811.
Obtaining a divorce
In order to obtain a divorce, you will need to demonstrate to the court that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. To do this you need to rely on one of the following “facts”:
- That your spouse has committed adultery
- That your spouse has acted in such a way that it is unreasonable for you to be expected to continue living with them
- That your spouse has deserted you for two years
- That you and your spouse have lived apart for two years and your spouse consents to the divorce
- That you and your spouse have lived apart for five years, whether or not your spouse consents to the divorce
Obtaining dissolution of a civil partnership
Similarly in order to obtain civil partnership dissolution, the court must be persuaded that the civil partnership has broken down irretrievably.
The applicant must satisfy the court that the civil partnership has broken down irretrievably based on the following facts:
- The respondent civil partner has behaved in such a way that the applicant cannot reasonably be expected to live with the respondent
- The civil partners have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the making of the application and your partner consents to a dissolution order being made
- The civil partners have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately preceding the making of the application, whether or not your partner consents to the divorce
- The respondent civil partner has deserted the applicant for a continuous period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the making of the application.