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.

Family Law Testimonials

"Barrett & Co have been our family solicitors for nearly 20 years and have always provided us with a first class professional service. Over the years we have worked with various members of the team and have found them all to be excellent. The team at Barrett & Co take the time to get to know their clients which then allows them to offer advice and guidance tailored to your situation. You can always be certain they are there to serve your best interests. A big thank you to Hilary, Justin and Martin, for all your support over the years, your help and guidance are very much appreciated."

October 2015
– Peter

"Excellent service from Nigel and Sandra: Calm voices of sanity and reason throughout. Thank you! Reception always helpful and cheerful too."

June 2015
– James and Dru

  • 5 star review  From start to finish these guys made me feel at ease during a turbulent time. First class service from all who I death with so I highly recommend them.

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    5/06/2020
  • 5 star review  Vanessa Ruparel helped me to write my will after I re-married. She also sorted out my uncle's probate, which was more complicated than we anticipated. I have used Barrett & Co before many years ago when I divorced, so I didn't hesitate to use them again. They always give a quote up front for their work and if there are any problems and costs change they inform you and get your approval. I would never hesitate to recommended them (and I have done so). Thank you for all your help.

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  • 5 star review  Used Barrett and Co extensively with my business and recently for a personal matter, excellent service on all occasions, you only get what you pay for, would have no hesitation in recommending their services. A big thank you to Vanessa for all her advice and assistance.

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  • 5 star review  Sometime ago I used Barrett and Co to create a will using Will Aid and it was a friendly and simple process. I have recently been made redundant so I went for an hours fixed fee meeting to discuss my settlement agreement, again this was a very informative meeting and helped me understand the process and provide me with useful questions to ask.

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  • 5 star review  Paul Wild is the best solicitor you can wish for. I benefited from his crucial law experience and wisdom. Excellent customer service.

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  • 5 star review  I had a very delicate but deeply personal matter that I needed professional legal help with.in short it involved a matter of my father's will,inheritance and money owed to me from a sibling.After much research I contacted Justin at Barrett and co.After an hours consultation with him and Hilary Buckle I gained the confidence to take further steps.it was in their mannerism and approach and they even gave me a written quote detailing exactly what stage they would charge me for ,and even this quote was much lower than other specialst solicitors .They were so considerate with me and their reputation so high that my sister instantly gave me large sum of money owed to me and as a bonus all siblings have begun mending our relationship.

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  • 5 star review  I used Barrett and Co for my will via the Will Aid scheme. They were very professional, efficient and friendly. They took time to explain things simply and effectively - offering advice on the implications of different scenarios and ensuring I 'future proofed' my will. Very pleased with the service all round. Charlotte Fox was excellent.

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