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Posted 5 June 2017
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Divorce – FAQ’s



How much does a divorce cost?

There is a court fee to issue the divorce petition which is currently £550. If you are on a low income or benefits you may be able to apply for some or all of the fee to be exempt.

Tozers Specialist family law Solicitors offer a fixed fee for dealing with the divorce for a Petitioner which is currently £600 plus VAT. This fee includes drafting and filing the petition at court, applying for Decree Nisi, the middle stage of divorce and applying for Decree Absolute the decree that dissolves the marriage. Full details of Tozers fixed fee package will be provided upon request.

How do I start divorce proceedings?

A divorce petition is filed at court in triplicate with the court fee and marriage certificate. The court fee is currently £550. If you are on a low income or benefits you may be able to apply for some or all of the fee to be exempt. A divorce petition is a legal document and will be rejected by the court office if not properly completed which will result in delay. Tozers Specialist Family Law solicitors offer a fixed fee for dealing with the divorce for a Petitioner which is currently £600 plus VAT.

How do I get a divorce?

The sole ground for divorce is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage which is proved by reliance on one of 5 facts being adultery, unreasonable behaviour, 2 years separation and consent, 5 years separation without consent and desertion.

A divorce petition is filed at court in triplicate with the court fee and marriage certificate. The court fee is currently £550. If you are on a low income or benefits you may be able to apply for some or all of the fee to be exempt. A divorce petition is a legal document and will be rejected by the court office if not properly completed which will result in delay. Tozers Specialist Family Law solicitors offer a fixed fee for dealing with the divorce for a Petitioner which is currently £600 plus VAT. This fee includes drafting and filing the petition at court, applying for Decree Nisi, the middle stage of divorce and applying for Decree Absolute the decree that dissolves the marriage. Full details of Tozers fixed fee package will be provided upon request.

How long does the divorce process take?

The divorce process usually takes between 4 to 6 months. Decree Absolute, the decree that dissolves the marriage, can be applied for 6 weeks and one day for the date of Decree Nisi, the middle stage of divorce. Delay can be caused if forms are incorrectly completed and then rejected by the court or upon application for Decree Nisi the Judge is not satisfied with the evidence filed in support. Tozers Specialist Family Law solicitors offer a fixed fee for dealing with the divorce for a Petitioner which is currently £600 plus VAT.

How will our assets be split?

The starting point for division of assets on divorce is equality but there may be reasons to depart from this based on arguments such as need or contribution. The court will also take into account a list of factors set out in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 which include length of marriage and standard of living. Finances can be complex particularly if pensions are involved. Legal advice should be sought even if agreement has been reached as an order should be obtained in divorce proceedings that is binding and enforceable. Tozers Specialist Family Law solicitors can provide advice in this respect.

 

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