Proceedings for divorce (or proceedings to dissolve a civil partnership) are the legal process to bring a marriage or civil partnership to an end in law, and which act as the gateway to the resolution of other related issues such as financial matters and the living arrangements for children.
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Why would someone need this service?
Divorce or dissolution of partnership becomes necessary when parties who are married or have formed a civil partnership no longer wish to remain linked to each other and are therefore considering dissolving their marriage or civil partnership. If there is any doubt about whether the parties have entered a valid marriage, it is possible to apply to a Family Court for a decision on whether the marriage is valid in the UK.
How does the process work?
The introduction of no-fault divorce means it will no longer be possible for one party to blame the other party for the breakdown of the marriage when making an application to the court for a divorce. A statement by one party (or both parties) confirming that the marriage has irretrievably broken down is sufficient.
To start the process, one party can file an application for divorce or dissolution of civil partnership. This party is known as the Applicant. The other party who is responding to the application is known as the Respondent. With the introduction of the new divorce rules, both spouses can file a joint application to the court to end their marriage. Once divorce or dissolution proceedings have been issued under the new law, it is no longer possible for the other party to challenge or seek to defend an application for divorce save in very limited circumstances such as fraud, issues relating to jurisdiction or the existence of a marriage.
How long is the legal process when getting a divorce?
Provided that both parties do what is required of them promptly, a divorce usually takes about six months to complete.
Is it expensive? How do the costings work?
Your first consultation with us will be for a fixed fee of £100 + VAT for a face-to-face or video consultation of up to one hour. The further fees payable will be dependent upon whether we are instructed by the Applicant (the person who starts divorce proceedings) or the Respondent or whether it is a joint application.
Grant Saw will work to a fixed fee for acting for the Applicant. We will advise you of this when you contact us.
If we are instructed on behalf of the Respondent, we will provide you with an estimate of costs which will be dependent on your particular circumstances.
What should people consider before calling?
It is always a good idea for both parties to have an in-depth discussion before proceeding although perhaps after some advice from Grant Saw, to decide the important issues, such as arrangements for children, property and money and try to reach an agreement. It is often possible to have the divorce go through either completely or almost to the final stage while discussion goes on in these other matters.
Why are Grant Saw the best people for the job?
Here at Grant Saw we have very experienced lawyers who specialise in this area and so clients can benefit from a lawyer who they trust and empathise with. The divorce process can be a stressful and upsetting time. We recognise this and we try our very best to be sympathetic and guide our clients through the process in the most sensitive way possible.
We are currently offering a free, initial telephone consultation. Feel free to contact us or leave your details here and a member of the team will contact you at a time that suits.