When to get a Divorce
Did you know that 42% of marriages now end in divorce?
– Its a sad statistic but a reflection of modern life.
Getting divorced is obviously a stressful time, but when you have
made the decision that your marriage is over it is best to
act swiftly to try to obtain your divorce in the shortest
Our Divorce Lawyers Can Help You
Obviously there are set steps to follow when getting a divorce,
and whilst you can attempt to manage the process yourself, it’s usually best to
contact a specialist
divorce lawyer or a mediator, especially if there are children involved
or complications such as your husband or wife not agreeing to the
What is the Divorce Process?
Our Divorce Lawyers can advise and guide you through the full process or why not check out our "Infographic: How to get a divorce".
- Divorce Petition - The first step is the initial petition for divorce
which you fill in to begin the divorce process. This is where you must state your
reasons for wanting a divorce, and our Divorce Lawyers can help you to word this
in the best way for a judge to agree that your marriage has irretrievably broken
- 'Serving' the Divorce Petition - Next you have to ‘serve’ the petition;
this is usually done by post and your husband or wife has 8 days to acknowledge
receipt. If they don’t, you may need to get court officials involved. Again, our
Divorce Lawyers can take care of this for you.
- Contesting the Divorce - Your partner may contest the divorce,
in which case you may have to remain married but living separately for 5 years until
you can divorce without your spouse’s agreement. During this time you’ll probably
need to resolve any financial issues, and our advice could be, literally, invaluable.
- Children - And, of course, if you have children then getting divorced
gets more complicated. The court must agree with the arrangements you make for your
children, such as which parent they’ll live with and how much contact they’ll have
with the other parent. Custody of and contact with children following a divorce
can cause bitter arguments, and the court will decide what is best for your children.
So having a specialist divorce lawyer on your side can be vital if child custody
will be an issue.
- Financial Issues - In most cases there will be financial issues
to sort out – how will you divide up your property and finances? It’s not automatic
that things get divided 50/50 and if you do go to court to get divorced the judge
will decide who gets what, especially if there are children involved. Our Divorce
Lawyers can negotiate on your behalf.
The Legal 500 2016
"Simpson Millar LLP handles divorce and financial remedy matters. "
Our Family Team are here to help you
It really does make sense to contact a specialist divorce lawyer
if you want a divorce. It is a very stressful legal process and we can take care
of all the nitty gritty involved. Please contact us for more information
on how to get a divorce.
Want to see a Family Lawyer out of Working Hours
We have family ourselves and know just how hectic family lives can get and taking time out during the working day can be hard so we offer face-to-face or telephone appointments on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings:
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- Thursday Evenings from 5pm - 7pm
- Saturday Mornings from 9am - 12 noon
- Please make sure you book your appointment in advance regardless of whether it is by telephone or face to face
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We have various options available to you when considering whether to get a divorce. Find out full details on our funding section.
Review of our divorce service
Lawyer goes extra mile for deaf divorcée
Emma accepted my deaf sister's divorce
case little knowing how tricky and acrimonious it was to become. She familiarised
herself with sign language and lip reading to give my sister a more caring and personal
service. Throughout the case Emma was professional, firm and resolute. When things
stalled Emma found ways of pushing on and getting results. I cannot praise or thank
her enough for her efforts and determination. I'm sure without her commitment this
case would still remain unresolved. Christine Cripps
Contact our Divorce Lawyers now to discuss how we can help you
by completing our, no obligation, online enquiry form and
we will call you back or you can call us directly on freephone: 0808 129 3320.