Are you entitled to a divorce?
You have to have been married or in a civil partnership for at least a year to issue divorce proceedings.
What are the grounds for divorce
You can rely on any one or more of the following grounds for a divorce?
- Adultery and Intolerability (not applicable for civil partners)
- Unreasonable Behaviour
- Desertion for two years
- Two years’ separation with the Respondent’s consent
- Five years’ separation
We can advise you about the most appropriate ground to rely upon.
The Court must be satisfied that the marriage or civil partnership has irretrievably broken down.
How long will the process take?
If there are no complex difficulties the process should take from 8 – 12 months.
What if my spouse doesn’t want a divorce?
As long as you can persuade the court that the marriage or civil partnership has irretrievably broken down you will still be able to obtain your divorce as long as you can show your spouse or civil partner has been served with the divorce petition. We can help you with this.
Do I need to deal with the finances of the marriage?
You can opt to deal with the finances of the marriage at the same time as your divorce or at a later date. We can help you decide when to deal with the finances so it is most beneficial for you. Please see our Financial Settlement page.
Will the courts also deal with the children?
The Court will not automatically deal with whom the children live with or contact issues during the court process. If you cannot agree arrangements for your children, you can make a separate application under the Children Act 1989. If you would like us to assist you with this please see our Children page.
How much will a divorce cost?
We offer a fixed fee divorce service for £799.00* (exc. vat) if you wish to petition for divorce. This will include a step by step service through the whole process. Please note that there will be additional court fees of £550.00. You may qualify for Legal Aid if you have gateway evidence – please see our Legal Aid page or ask for more details.
Why Choose Us?
We have been providing a divorce service in North London since 1974. We will deal with you sympathetically and will explain the process step by step. We are an experienced family team who pride themselves on obtaining excellent results for our clients for affordable prices. We also offer evening and Saturday appointments.
*Our Fixed Fees may change in the future and if you are on low income you may qualify for a Fee Exemption for the court fees