Family and Divorce

Highly experienced local family and divorce solicitors with a strong history of achieving success for our clients across London.

Separation or Divorce

The breakdown of a relationship that results in separation or divorce can be among the most challenging and traumatic events you face and carries financial and emotional upheaval. People can feel frightened about their future, home, finances, and the impact on their children.

As matters can be complex, it is crucial that you make sound legal advice from an experienced lawyer that understands your needs. The Legal Practice offers outstanding client care, and our expert family and divorce solicitors are on hand to guide you sympathetically through the process.

Whether you are the petitioner (the person wanting to apply for the divorce) or the respondent (the person who receives the divorce petition), we offer a free 30-minute consultation to understand your circumstances. This will allow you to meet us, run through the process with you, and find out more about how we can help you before deciding if you wish to proceed in instructing us to act on your behalf.

Finances on Separation 

When a marriage or civil partnership ends, it is essential to assess not only the immediate financial impact on both of you but also your long-term financial needs, as well as those of any children who may be involved. This allows the process of reaching a financial settlement to begin.

Fixed Fee Divorce Service (£500+VAT)

Most divorces in England and Wales are not defended, which means both parties accept the divorce petition. In these situations, our solicitors can offer a fixed fee divorce service.

Once we are instructed, we will arrange a discussion with a divorce paralegal so we can gather all the critical information needed to start the divorce process. Currently, in England and Wales, there is only one ground for divorce – the marriage has broken down irretrievably. So it is essential to understand the key facts that can be relied on for us to prepare the court documents on your behalf and process the divorce. Our local family and divorce solicitors in London will be on hand to keep you updated and guide you.

Services Included

  • Initial discussion with the divorce paralegal for up to 30 minutes.

  • Drafting of the Divorce Petition and supporting documents.

  • Letter to your spouse with a draft of the petition included.

  • Contacting you to advise you on your response to the above letter.

  • Issuing the Petition at your local Court.

  • Contacting the Court to ensure spouse has filed the Acknowledgement of Service with the Court.

  • Drafting the compulsory statement and application to get your Decree Nisi.

  • Sending the completed statement and application to the Court.

  • Drafting the application for the Decree Absolute.

      Services ​Not Included

      • Court fees or any other accumulated expenses. 

      • Court fees (£550) or any other accumulated expenses 

      • Going to Court. Please note it is unusual for either party to need to go to Court about the petition. 

      • Preparing any amendments to the Petition. 

      • Additional correspondence. 

        Our fixed fee divorce solicitors are available at £500 plus VAT and is available if you are the petitioner or the respondent. Please click here to find out more about the service.

        Hourly Divorce Solicitor Fee

        Our dedicated divorce team can deal with all or part of your divorce case for a fixed hourly fee of £200 plus VAT. Following the initial consultation, we will be able to provide you with an estimated total cost of your case.

        Financial Affairs

        It is essential that financial matters are resolved simultaneously as your divorce. If you have a financial agreement already decided, then the Court will need to approve this. If not, then a Court Order may be required. Our London-based local family & divorce solicitors offer support on your financial affairs as an additional service to the fixed fee divorce and are available to discuss this further.

        Family & Divorce FAQs

        How long does a divorce take ?
        If there are no complications, the divorce process generally takes between 4-6 months depending on how busy the Courts are.
        What is a Decree Nisi ?
        A Decree Nisi is a Court Order that says the petitioner (person who filed for divorce) can get a divorce providing that a good reason to divorce is given. It will also give the earliest date that the divorce can end.

        What is a Decree Absolute ?
        The Decree Absolute is a Court Order that ends the marriage and can’t be issues for a minimum of 6 weeks from the date of the Decree Nisi. This allows time to deal with financial issues before your divorce.

        What is an uncontested divorce ?
        An uncontested divorce is one where both parties agree to the divorce and do not try to defend it. This is also known as undefended divorce.

        What can I do if my ex partner wont agree to an uncontested divorce ?
        If your ex partner will not agree to an uncontested divorce your only option is to wait for 5 years of separation at which time you can start divorce proceedings without your ex agreeing.

        Divorce Financial Orders
        A Decree Absolute ends your marriage from a legal perspective but will not end financial commitments that exist between you and your ex spouse. In order to cut financial ties you need to apply to the Court for a Financial Order, even if you do not have any assets – as it will act to protect your interests in the future.

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