Divorce law

If you're getting divorced, our dedicated family law solicitors are on your side. We're here to put you in control, and find a solution you're comfortable with.

Joshua Coombe, Chelmsford

Getting a divorce

If you want to get divorced, or need to respond to a divorce petition from your partner, our divorce law solicitors can help. We understand how emotional ending a marriage can be, and we’re here to put you in control of the process.

When can I get divorced?

To get divorced, you must prove that your marriage has broken down. Legally this is referred to as the ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’. There are five ways to prove this, known as the give ‘grounds’ for divorce. They are:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Adultery
  • Two years’ separation with consent
  • Five years’ separation without consent
  • Two years’ desertion.

You must be married for at least one year to get divorced.

How long does it take to get a divorce?

A straightforward divorce usually takes between 9 and 12 months to complete. Your divorce may take longer, or be faster, depending on your situation. For example, if you cannot agree key issues with your partner, your divorce could take longer.

Our comprehensive guide to divorce in the UK explains the process and divorce timeline.

Child custody and childcare arrangements during divorce

If you’re a parent, we’ll help you protect and promote the interests of your children at every stage of the divorce. You can rely on us to guide you, whether you’re starting the divorce process or responding to divorce papers. We can help you agree:

  • Child custody – which is who the child lives with
  • Child maintenance
  • Childcare and arrangements after the divorce.

Fixed Fee divorce solicitors

We offer fixed fee divorce services, to help you manage the cost of your divorce. A fixed fee divorce at Tees costs £750+ VAT plus the Court fee.

We also offer alternatives to the traditional divorce process, which can be cheaper. Our experts are trained in divorce mediation, arbitration and collaborative law.  To find out more about the cost of divorce, contact our divorce law team today.

How to start the divorce process

A solicitor can help you start the process of getting divorced, helping you get the best result and keeping the process as straightforward as possible. A solicitor can help you issue, or respond to, divorce papers. We can help you:

  • Fill out divorce papers or respond to divorce papers
  • Reach a financial settlement after divorce
  • Agree on maintenance payments and child maintenance
  • Divide your assets.

What to do next

If you need legal advice about your divorce, or a related issue, call us. A dedicated family law solicitor will outline your options and tell you how we can help.

Come in and see us for a FREE 30 minute face-to-face consultation about your options. Alternatively, if you want us to take a closer look at your situation, for a fixed fee of £150 + VAT, we can talk with you for up to 90 minutes.

Call our Family and Divorce Law solicitors on 0800 013 1165

For a free initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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