You can only ask for a divorce if you have been married for more than one year. The court has to be satisfied the marriage has broken down irretrievably and the party who is seeking a divorce can no longer tolerate being married.
The divorce proceedings are issued at a divorce centre by sending the documents in the post or a divorce can be dealt with through the court online portal. There is no need to attend the court unless the other person is defending the divorce or there is a dispute as to the cost of the divorce proceedings. See below for a more detailed explanation of the divorce process.
“Every step was of my divorce was explained in detail, and the professionalism and service was second to none”
We can deal with your divorce, if it is uncontested (which is usually the case) for a fixed fee of £750. This covers all the work involved in obtaining your divorce, including preparation of an initial conciliatory letter to your spouse, for your approval, prior to issuing the divorce proceedings explaining the process and inviting their co-operation. You will also have to pay the court fee for issuing divorce proceedings which is currently £593. Some helpful general guides to divorce and separation are available for the public to download free from the Advice Now website.
“So helpful, easy to reach and always on hand to deal with my concerns. It was like having someone to hold my hand and steer me through everything at an extremely worrying and emotionally draining time.”
If you are divorcing you must deal with financial issues, even if you simply have an order by agreement specifying that neither of you can make any financial claim on the other in the future. This is known as a financial consent order, or, if there is no ongoing financial obligation to one another, a clean break order.
This is because divorce gives the court the ability to make financial orders such as property transfer, lump sum payment, pension sharing and maintenance orders and that possibility remains unless and until the court makes an order extinguishing the right to make such a claim.
If you do not address this at the time you are divorcing, your former spouse can make a claim on you at any time in the future, your circumstances may be very different in the future and the court will be looking at the ‘needs’ of both of you at the time the claim is made, not at the time you separated or divorced. This has the potential to produce a very unfair result so it is better to address the financial issues as soon as possible after separation as part of the divorce proceedings.
As specialist divorce lawyers, we understand how difficult it can be when a relationship breaks down. We know the legal process and uncertainty of outcome can cause increased anxiety and we offer a supportive yet objective view.
We are able to assist in the early stages of the divorce process right through to conclusion and can often accommodate clients who may wish to deal with their matrimonial or family matters outside of normal business hours.
We can deal with your divorce and matrimonial issues swiftly and in a cost-effective way no matter where in England and Wales you and your spouse live. We can also secure a divorce in the English court for foreign nationals who live here and also act for British Nationals living overseas who want their divorce dealt with by the English courts rather than by a foreign court.
We offer a personal service tailor made for your personal circumstances and budget. You remain in control by being able to refer to us for help and advice as much or as little as you wish, throughout the process or at any stage, and as many times as you need to.
I want to share our experience with Lisa Smith of Heritage Park Family Law. We dealt with Lisa about five years ago when she handled a sensitive custody case on our behalf. She was professional, affordable and showed compassion for our situation. A week ago we once again had need of her help and again, without hesitation, Lisa came to our aid, and helped us resolve our problem speedily. We have no hesitation in highly recommending the legal services of Lisa to any person, particularly regarding family law.Ms G.VDL.
Lisa helped me enormously with my divorce, she was so helpful, easy to reach and always on hand to deal with my concerns. It was like having someone to hold my hand and steer me through everything at an extremely worrying and emotionally draining time. I found her extremely professional but very friendly and approachable. All fees are explained up front and there are no hidden extras. I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Heritage Park Family Law.Mrs L.M.
Going through any legal battle is difficult at best, but when it involves family and children it is somewhat made even more difficult. What you get from Lisa is someone who takes time to listen, to gauge the important issues and to advise accordingly, but with a sense that she knows your view and knows exactly what will be best for all parties. Totally professional in every aspect and fantastic in court. Without her approach the whole episode would have been far worse to get through. Highly recommended is an understatement.Mr H.H.
My matter was a fairly long process due to other parties involved. However Heritage Park and Lisa made it much more simple and stuck to all aspects to resolve them in a timely manner. Always friendly always professional and always keeping me updated in all aspects. Lisa guided me through the process in a way that made it understandable at all stages. Let’s face it matrimonial matters can be stressful but Lisa was always available to help and give clear advice. Costs were always explained and the breakdown of them always fully itemised throughout the process. I would recommend Heritage Park to anyone who needs the right advice and help to guide them through the process. Thank you.Mr J.ST.
Lisa from Heritage Park Family Law is a very professional and friendly lady, who gave me great advice at the beginning of my separation from my husband of over 20 years, which was a very difficult and upsetting time for me. She was very accommodating with appointments at short notice, would reply to emails promptly and return missed calls. Every step was of my divorce was explained in detail, and her professionalism and service was second to none. I would not hesitate in recommending Lisa to anyone in the future.Ms M.B.