Starting my Divorce – FAQs

Will divorce take a long time?

We often find that this is the primary concern for our clients. A straightforward divorce could be finalised within 16 to 20 weeks, however it is not always that simple. Divorces with complex financial or child residency disputes for example can take significantly longer. Ultimately, the timescale for divorce varies with every case and is dependent upon the disputes involved and whether or not parties can cooperate.

Will it be expensive?

We strive to make divorce as cost effective as possible. Our charges are based on the number of hours spent dealing with the divorce and a divorce will therefore be significantly cheaper if matters can be resolved quickly. There are also Court charges to take into account, including a £340 fee payable to the Court upon commencement of the case and a £145 charge upon receipt of the decree absolute.

My partner and I were not married, how does this affect my case?

We recognise that separating unmarried couples face many of the same problems as divorcing married couples. Unfortunately, unmarried couples do not have the rights afforded to civil partners or married couples upon divorce so different legal processes must be used. We can discuss alternative options with you and advise you on what to do next.

What will I need for the first meeting?

If you are yet to make your mind up about divorce you may wish to begin with an informal discussion about how we can help. However, if you are convinced and would like to get the ball rolling we suggest you come prepared. Bringing the following will save time for your family solicitor, enabling them to make faster progress with your divorce:

• Your marriage or civil partnership certificate.

• Identification such as a passport or driving license and proof of residency in the form of a bill or bank statement detailing your home address. (The law now requires us to see such proof for every client.)

• A short list of the key developments in your marriage with dates for each event

• A financial summary of debts, assets, wages etc. Be as thorough as possible.

• You may wish to bring a list of questions to clarify any points of confusion or concern with your solicitor.

At the end of the meeting you may wish to ask your solicitor for a written summary of all points discussed but we advise you take notes as well. It is essential that you communicate well with your solicitor throughout the process in order to reach the desired outcome.

Should I let my spouse know that I’m meeting a lawyer?

We strongly advise that you avoid telling your partner until after the first meeting. Your solicitor will be able to advise you on when to do so and everything discussed is strictly confidential.

The situation at home is very stressful. Can I leave?

It is crucial that you check with a solicitor before making such a decision because it could have a significant impact upon proceedings.

How should I communicate with my ex-partner during the divorce process?

If possible, we recommend that you co-operate amicably with your partner and stay in regular contact. Cases where communication is good between the parties can generally avoid expensive court proceedings and can save time, money and stress.

Call today to get the ball rolling on your divorce

Our divorce solicitors would be happy to advise you, so call today if you would like to organise a consultation. Why leave matters any longer?

Just phone our team on the following numbers for FREE specialist advice

SALISBURY [01722] 422300

AMESBURY [01980] 622992

ANDOVER [01264] 364433              

Alternatively, you could email us at advice@the–