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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 time possible.

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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 divorce.

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 down.
  • '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.

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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.

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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:

By Appointment Only

  • 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

Booking appointments

To book either:

  • Call us on 0345 357 9000
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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.


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