How long does a divorce take?
This is a difficult question to answer. It often depends on how quickly the Courts are dealing with divorce applications, as it can sometimes take longer when the Courts receive a large number of applications. Roughly, a divorce – from start to finish – takes around 6 months. If, however, it takes you and your spouse longer to agree financial matters, then it can take longer. A good divorce solicitor will advise that it is best not to finalise the divorce until the finances are agreed and a Consent Order or final determination from the Court has been received.
How much does a divorce cost?
The average costs associated with uncontested divorce proceedings generally fall within 2 categories:
- Solicitors and professional costs – these will vary depending on the specialist knowledge and expertise of the family divorce lawyer, geographical location and level of experience. The petitioner in the divorce proceedings should budget in the region of £500 – £750 plus VAT. If you are the respondent in the proceedings, the fees you incur are likely to be much lower – around £200 – £400 plus VAT.
- Disbursements – these are expenses incurred by a solicitor whilst completing work on behalf of a client. In relation to divorce proceedings, for most parties this will only be the divorce application fee charged by the Court of £550. Other disbursements that may apply might include obtaining a replacement marriage certificate or organising a translation of the marriage certificate if the ceremony took place abroad.
How to get a divorce?
The process of getting a divorce – from completing the divorce petition to when to apply for Decree Absolute – can be confusing. By seeking advice from family divorce solicitors, we can help guide you through it. The infographic opposite sets out the different stages that you will go through and what you need to tell the Court in order for a divorce to be granted.
What do lawyers do in a divorce?
At such a difficult time, a family law solicitor or lawyer can guide you through the whole divorce process, making it as stress-free as possible. A solicitor or family lawyer can help you decide on which of the 5 facts (or reasons) you want to rely on when making your application to the Court for a divorce. They can also communicate with your ex-partner or their solicitors so that you don’t have to.
In addition, they can:
- Listen to you and discuss what your options are
- Let you know what your rights are and where you stand
- Explain what rights your ex-partner has
- Give you reliable and accredited legal advice about your home and financial matters
A family solicitor can also negotiate on your behalf in relation to financial matters and/or any associated child arrangements. They can also make any necessary applications to the Court, for example for interim maintenance. If you have agreed all the financial arrangements, then it is still advisable to get a solicitor to prepare any financial orders for the Court to approve.
Divorce Financial Settlements
Financial matters are dealt with independently to the actual divorce. It is possible, therefore, to get divorced without formally sorting out your finances by way of a Consent Order. However, this is not advisable as it may leave you open to financial claims by your ex-partner later down the line, especially if their circumstances should change. A family law solicitor can advise you on what a fair and reasonable financial settlement would be and assist with putting this in place before your Decree Absolute is pronounced, thereby making sure you are protected and not left vulnerable.
Experienced Divorce Law Solicitors Hawkins Family Law
We are a specialist law firm, focusing solely on family law matters, such as divorce and separation, and everything that comes with these life-changing events. Established in 2001, the team at Hawkins Family Law are all ‘people’ people and we are committed to producing rounded outcomes for our clients, offering expertise in whatever forum works best for you, always aiming to reach a family dispute resolution as swiftly as possible and with minimum pain.
We can provide family law advice and assistance relating to your divorce and can offer guidance on the best form of dispute resolution, such as collaborative law, to resolve the issues with your partner or ex-partner. We offer these services whether you are married or in a civil partnership.
The way in which you approach your divorce or separation is your choice, but with Hawkins Family Law you can be assured of our consistently high levels of support and guidance from our family law solicitors.