A divorce can only proceed on the basis that the marriage has irretrievably broken down based on one of five facts:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- 2 years separation with consent
- 5 years separation, or
If you make an appointment for an initial consultation with one of our divorce lawyers, they will be able to tell which of the above options are most appropriate. Whatever your circumstances, our family lawyers will do all they can to assist you in obtaining a divorce swiftly and at an affordable rate.
How long does a divorce take?
The whole process usually takes 4 to 6 months and we try to deal with any financial issues while the divorce is progressing.
Will I have to go to court?
Unless the divorce is defended, it is unlikely that you will need to go to court.
How much will it cost?
BakerLaw are pleased to offer a cost effective solution to the divorce process which allows you to instruct a qualified lawyer to deal your divorce including all steps from initial instructions through to the conclusion of the divorce procedure.
The fee covers all the work required to conclude a non-contested divorce and includes an initial meeting with a family lawyer, the preparation of your divorce petition, correspondence with the court and your spouse and completion of all documents required to achieve the Decree Absolute that concludes your divorce. This low cost option provides you with peace of mind regarding costs at the same time as providing you with the benefit of a qualified lawyer dealing with your divorce and being available to provide tailored advice when required.
The fixed fee covers a maximum of 4 hours work, based on time spent and work done on your behalf, this includes all meetings, telephone calls, preparation of documents, letters and emails. If the work undertaken exceeds the 4 hour limit, your lawyer will notify you that the hourly charge then applies. The fixed fee package does not include the court fee for filing the petition and obtaining the Decree Absolute or the fee for obtaining a certified copy of your marriage certificate if required.
What work is not included?
- If the Petition becomes defended, or needs to be altered once it has been issued by the Court;
- Any advice and proceedings concerning property, finances and children.
- Where the other party cannot be located or fails to respond
If any of the above applies our work will be carried out at our usual hourly rate and we will give you a clear estimate of the likely costs.
To proceed with the BakerLaw fixed fee divorce please telephone us on 01252 733770 to make an appointment.
I've received a Petition for divorce: what do I do?
If you have received divorce papers that your spouse has issued, then you are known as the Respondent in the divorce. Once you have received a Petition, a response will need to be sent to the Court within 7 days and therefore you should seek advice swiftly. It is advisable to talk to one of our experienced lawyers about the divorce papers you have received and they can discuss the best way to respond and deal with any necessary paperwork for you.
When dealing with the breakdown of your marriage it is imperative that you seek independent legal advice. Our family lawyers at BakerLaw can deal with your divorce from start to finish and also advice you about any potential financial claims and other related issues.
For more information please contact us online or by phone on 01252 733770 or 020 7842 0800.