Dealing with the breakdown of your marriage isn’t easy, but it is essential that you handle things the right way to give yourself the best possible foundation for moving forward. This is where working with an experienced team of divorce lawyers can make all the difference.
At BakerLaw, we help clients through this difficult time with an effective mix of sensitivity to your needs and a real determination to get you the best possible outcome. By offering clear, sensible legal advice on your rights and options, we can help make dealing with the end of your relationship simpler and less stressful, while ensuring you get the outcome you need.
Our divorce solicitors in London and Farnham can help you with matters including:
- Initiating divorce proceedings
- Responding to divorce proceedings
- Contested divorces
- Financial settlements
- Arrangements for children
We regularly advise families from all walks of life, with particular expertise in financial settlements involving high value assets and complex child arrangements. Head of Family Law Wendy Armstrong regularly works with Armed Forces personnel and their spouses across all areas of family law, including divorce and separation.
With a strong emphasis on avoiding unnecessary conflict, we can typically allow you to deal with every aspect of your divorce without the need for court proceedings. This can make the whole process much less stressful, as well as faster and less costly.
For expert help divorce and separation, please contact your local BakerLaw office in London or Farnham now or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How we can help with divorce & separation
Whatever your circumstances, our family lawyers will do all they can to assist you in obtaining a divorce swiftly and at an affordable rate. We can guide you through every stage of divorce proceedings, making sure all documents are completed swiftly and accurately, then submitted on time.
Should your spouse choose to contest your divorce, we can advise you on your options and help you to achieve an amicable outcome wherever possible.
We can assist with separating your finances, whether through a voluntary settlement or via court proceedings where required. Our team can make sure your needs and those of any dependants you have are fully considered and that you get the best possible division of assets for your future.
See how we can help with divorce finances.
Arrangements for children
Getting the right arrangements in place for children is essential. Our divorce lawyers can help you to reach an agreement with your former partner on issues such as where your children will live and how much time they will spend with each parent. Should court proceedings be necessary, we can guide you through the process while making sure your children’s best interests are protected at all times.
See how we can help with children law.
Our fixed fee divorce service
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.
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.
What is included in our fixed fee divorce package?
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
- Completion of all documents required to achieve the Decree Absolute that concludes your divorce
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.
What work is not included?
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.
Also not covered are:
- 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 find out more about our fixed fee divorce package, please contact your local BakerLaw office in London or Farnham now or you can email us at email@example.com.
Divorce & separation explained
What are the grounds for divorce?
Under current divorce rules, 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 the consent of both spouses
- 5 years separation, or
- Desertion (where one spouse leaves the other for 2 years out of the past 2.5 years)
However, this is set to change in autumn 2021 with the introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce. This will remove the need to give a reason or assign blame for the breakdown of a marriage.
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.
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 advise you about any potential financial claims and other related issues.
Contact our divorce solicitors in Farnham, Surrey & Holborn, London
If you need help with any aspect of divorce and separation, our divorce solicitors can provide clear, sensible and sensitive legal support to meet your requirements.
You can contact your local BakerLaw office in London or Farnham or, if you prefer, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.