Family Law

Divorce Solicitors

Our team of experienced divorce solicitors work hard throughout the divorce process to ensure the best-possible outcome for you and your family.

We understand how difficult the process of getting a divorce can be. Emotions are running high, finances are often under stress and agreement can be difficult to come by. This is why our divorce solicitors specialise in mediation. We’ll work by your side to resolve all issues in the speediest, most effective manner possible, without running the risk of adding more stress onto your shoulders.

And should a court visit be required as part of the process we will fully brief you on what to expect and what is expected of you, making even this as stress-free as possible.

What happens when getting a divorce?

When getting a divorce, any complexity tends to arrive from agreeing-upon the division of assets accrued during the marriage, with the actual divorce process not including this simply consisting of:

  • Filing the divorce petition at court, which the court then posts to your spouse
  • Following this, your spouse has seven days to acknowledge the petition, stating whether they agree to the divorce
  • Assuming the divorce is agreed, we apply for Decree Nisi
  • A six-week waiting period is then applied, at which point we apply for Decree Absolute which finalises termination of the marriage.

How long does it take to get a divorce?

In total, the typical divorce process takes between four to six months, and attending court is not required.

However, this process can be prolonged and appearing in court can be required should disagreements arise during the process. This includes:

  • Disagreement on the reason for divorce
  • Unresolved financial issues
  • Your spouse failing to acknowledge the divorce papers

We understand your desire to complete your divorce as quickly as possible and move on with your life, meaning we work hard to avoid these issues and resolve any which arise as swiftly as possible. Our divorce lawyers specialise in mediation which often enables us to avoid court when it otherwise seemed inevitable, greatly speeding-up the process.

What are the grounds for divorce in the UK?

To proceed with your divorce case, you must be able to rely on one of the following ‘five facts’ as proof your marriage is irretrievable:

  • Adultery: your partner had sexual relations outside of the marriage
  • Unreasonable behaviour: your partner behaved in such a way that you can no longer reasonably live with them
  • Desertion: your partner has left you without good reason, agreement, or in order to end the relationship
  • You have lived apart for more than two years: if you and your partner have lived apart for a period of two years or more you are able to get a divorce on these grounds, if both partners agree
  • You have lived apart for more than five years: once you have lived apart from your spouse for five years or more you are able to move forward with divorce proceedings regardless of your partner’s agreement.

No fault divorce is not currently available in the UK, meaning one of these conditions must be met before the court will allow you to proceed with your divorce case.

How much does getting a divorce cost?

The total cost of your divorce can vary significantly depending on the complexity and length of the case. At Pabla, we provide you with an estimate at the start of proceedings and will keep you updated on costs throughout.

Whatever happens, we work hard to keep the process as affordable as possible. We also have a number of funding options available to assist your financial management.

How we can help you

Our team have been recognised for their family law expertise on many occasions and have been aiding people wishing to divorce for many years. We know all the potential pitfalls and are able to navigate you through them seamlessly.

Our initial consultation is always free and comes with zero obligations and we have a number of funding options available to help make getting a divorce as affordable as possible.

Contact us

If you’re seeking a divorce and require assistance, call our team on 0161 446 1122 or fill in the contact form below to request a call-back.

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