The five most common questions from Divorce clients
According to statistics, the number of divorces of opposite-sex couples in England and Wales in 2018 decreased by 10.6% to 90,871, compared with 101,669 in 2017.
Couples often take the decision to start the divorce as soon as possible so that they can continue with their lives and move on, while others prefer to separate instead.
Divorce can be stressful and difficult for all the parties involved, but with the help of an experienced family solicitor, the conflict can be reduced.
Dimitra Pantopoulou, from our family law department, answers some of the most common questions she has been asked from her divorce clients in their initial consultation.
How long does it take to get divorced?
With the correct advice and hopefully with cooperation from the other side, an average divorce can take between 4 to 6 months to be completed.
What documents do I need to get divorced?
The application form (also known as divorce petition) is the first document that needs to be sent to the court to initiate the divorce proceedings. A copy can be found online at the gov.uk website when you search for the term ‘divorce’. You will need your original marriage certificate or if the original is not at your disposal, then a new official copy from the register office or church can be requested for a small fee.
If your marriage took place outside the UK, then a certified translation must be provided.
Do I need to instruct a solicitor?
While it is not necessary to have a solicitor, it is always advisable to obtain legal advice before you commit yourself to any agreement. The gov.uk website has created a platform that allows people to start their divorce online, but if any issues arise or complexities, the platform will not be able to provide you with an answer. This will be a job for your solicitor, who will address your questions and ensure that the correct documentation will be submitted to the court to avoid any unnecessary delays.
What is a divorce based on?
There are currently five different facts upon which you can rely to get a divorce, namely:
· Unreasonable Behaviour
· Two years separation (with consent)
· Five years separation
How much does it cost to get a divorce?
At Rose & Rose, we offer a fixed fee for the uncontested divorce. The court fee for submitting the divorce petition to the court is £550.
Our specialist family law team is available to answer your questions and guide you through the divorce process. Whilst facing social distancing constraints, we have adopted a flexible approach that adapts to our clients’ needs, with over the phone meetings.
Call us today for more information and a quote for our services on 020 8974 7490 or email Dimitra directly at email@example.com.