Work with our experienced divorce solicitors
Going through a divorce can be hard, with the impacts felt both emotionally and financially – so it is important to obtain expert legal advice to receive the best support possible.
Every divorce case is different, and our team of highly experienced divorce solicitors take great care to understand your circumstances, no matter how complex. That way, we can ensure you receive a service tailored to your needs both now, and in the future.
Our divorce specialists will guide you through the divorce process, whether you are the party initiating or responding to divorce proceedings, and advise you in related financial, property, business and children matters.
How our divorce lawyer team can help
Our divorce and family law solicitors in Stafford, Birmingham, Telford and operating in surrounding areas, have a significant amount of experience dealing with various divorce and family matters. We are to support you during difficult times and protect your best interests including:
- Divorce advice
- Legal aspects involved in divorce proceedings and the options you can take
- Fair financial settlements to avoid disputes and going through court, which will be costly, by using methods such as negotiation, mediation, collaborative divorce or arbitration
- Childcare and financial support
- Pre and postnuptial agreements for divorce proceedings
Why choose an ORJ divorce lawyer near me?
Our team of family law solicitors has over 40 years’ experience, to provide tailored advice to meet your needs and ensure a fair settlement.
Reaching fair financial agreements
We have a great track record of reaching fair financial agreements to avoid expensive disputes at court.
Saving on legal costs
We assess the best options within a divorce proceeding and recommend options that can help save you escalating legal fees.
Clear on pricing
From the initial enquiry, our family solicitors are clear on providing prices for our services. Our initial family consultation for 30 minutes is FREE for our family team to assess and understand your family situation.
What are the grounds for divorce?
To commence divorce proceedings, you will need to have been married for more than one year and demonstrate that the marriage has broken down irretrievably by relying on at least one of the following reasons:-
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Adultery (does not apply to the dissolution of civil partnerships)
- Separation of two or more years (and you both agree to the divorce)
- Separation of five or more years
- Desertion for at least two years
Click here to find out about the grounds for divorce on the gov website.
We can commence or respond to divorce proceedings on your behalf. We can progress divorce proceedings, even if you do not know where your spouse currently resides or in circumstances where your spouse refuses to respond to divorce proceedings, seeks to defend them or files their own divorce petition.
It is important that, whilst divorce proceedings are pending, related financial and property matters are also properly resolved.
How long does a divorce take on average?
Generally, a divorce takes around six-to-12 months if both parties are in agreement, however, it may take longer to process financial matters, property and childcare arrangements. Delays can also be caused if a divorce is disputed. Our family solicitors will protect your best interests and ensure you receive a fair settlement.
The 5 stages of divorce
For a divorce process, there are five stages of divorce that must be adhered to, in the following order:
1. The petition
To initiate divorce proceedings, the applicant, known as the petitioner, must fill in a divorce petition form. As part of the divorce petition, you must outline the grounds for divorce, and it must include at least one of the five reasons identified above.
The form will require you to complete personal details and the divorce courts will require the original copy or certified copy of your marriage/civil partnership certificate. It will cost £593 to apply for a divorce, however, this does not include legal advice.
2. The response
When the petition has been submitted to the court, these copies will be sent to the husband or wife of the petitioner (known as the respondent) and they should complete and return the form (also known as the ‘acknowledgement of service’) back to the court within seven days. Failure to return responses within the seven-day period may result in the paperwork needing to be delivered in person to the respondent, at additional cost.
As part of your response, you will be asked if you want to defend the divorce proceedings, or agree to the reasons for divorce. Bear in mind that a divorce is a costly and lengthy process, so consider whether you wish to deal with matrimonial finance matters in the course of proceedings.
3. Apply for decree nisi
Once the respondent has returned their acknowledgement of service, then the petitioner needs to apply for a certificate of decree nisi. A judge will look at the information provided in the divorce petition and the respondent’s response to see if both parties are in agreement.
If the judge is satisfied that the matter can proceed, then he/she will set a date for the pronouncement of decree nisi, which is the second-to-last stage in formal divorce proceedings. Neither party will need to attend court unless there is a dispute over cost.
4. Financial order application
A financial consent order gives you time to discuss your financial, property and childcare arrangements. It is sensible to arrive at a fair agreement and seek professional legal advice to prevent disputes, which can be very costly.
5. Decree Absolute
The final stage in a divorce is decree absolute and it is important that the financial settlement has been agreed between spouses. Speaking to a solicitor about resolving any financial considerations prior to the decree absolute is important, as once it is pronounced, there are certain benefits that the parties may lose.
The petitioner must wait at least six weeks and one day before the decree absolute is pronounced. This is a formal document that confirms that you are legally divorced.
In addition, if you are considering remarrying, it is essential to seek legal advice beforehand, as this will prevent you from making any claims against your ex-spouse in the future.
Our family law solicitors in Stafford, Telford, Birmingham and surrounding areas are here to support you and provide legal advice for a divorce. If you wish to discuss your family situation or want to proceed with divorce proceedings to protect your future, our divorce solicitors can support you and offer a FREE 30-minute consultation, get in touch with us or you can call us on: 01785 223440