When contemplating divorce it is advisable to seek the legal advice of a solicitor early on so that you can make informed choices and decisions.

The process need not be expensive and seeking advice early can allow you to focus on the issues which need to be resolved. This can lead to a better outcome allowing you to move on sooner.

Paul Wild, our specialist family law solicitor, will give you guidance and advice on the legal procedure for divorce for undefended, defended and nullity petitions.

Divorce – Legal framework

There is only one ground for divorce and that is of irretrievable breakdown of marriage. When issuing a petition for divorce, it is necessary to establish irretrievable breakdown by reference to one of five facts, which are as follows:-

  1. The Respondent has committed adultery and the Petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the Respondent.
  2. The Respondent has behaved in such a way that the Petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the Respondent.
  3. The Respondent has deserted the Petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years immediately preceding the presentation of the Petition.
  4. The Petitioner and the Respondent have lived apart for a continuous period of, at least, 2 years immediately preceding the presentation of the Petition and the Respondent consents to a Decree being granted.
  5. The Petitioner and the Respondent have lived apart for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately preceding the presentation of the Petition.

Please see our Divorce Procedure Guide for further information.

Finances

Please also see financial matters and resolving family disputes.

Get in Touch

Paul Wild offers a fixed fee initial meeting of one hour to discuss your personal circumstances, your options and your next steps, at a cost of £95.00 ( inc VAT) , followed by a free letter of advice.

Paul will meet you in our Reading Berkshire office. If you would like to meet with Paul please telephone the office so that an appointment can be arranged.

Paul is a Solicitor specialising in Family Law and is a member of Resolution (formerly The Solicitors Family Law Association) and has trained in and practises both Mediation and Collaborative Law and is a member of Reading Family Mediation (“RFM”) and also the Thames Valley Collaborative POD.

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