Divorce is a complex and uncomfortable process for many couples. Our divorce solicitors are experts in handling divorce proceedings and will guide you through every step of the legal process.
Divorces encompass various elements, often affecting one’s personal and professional life, which is why it is crucial for your interests to be represented by a dedicated, highly experienced team like Lund Bennett Law.
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At Lund Bennett Law, our team of divorce solicitors understands that the circumstances of every divorce will be unique to the divorcing couple. That is why we will always put your best interests first and ensure that your divorce is handled most efficiently and discretely.
Getting a divorce in England and Wales is relatively straightforward, providing expert divorce solicitors are supporting you. Before you can apply for a divorce, you have to have been married to your partner for a minimum time of one year, although if your marriage breaks down before, when we can provide you with advice on how to prepare.
Once you have decided to start your divorce proceedings, you will need to provide your divorce solicitor with the following:
- Full name and address of your spouse
- Original marriage certificate; certified copies are also acceptable.
On average, all proceedings for a divorce in the UK will last between 4 and 6 months. This is usually the case for undefended divorces. However, should one side contest the divorce, then the process may take up to a year or more to complete.
The term ‘irreconcilable difference’ is often used concerning divorce law; The term refers to two people not getting along with each other anymore, which does not provide sufficient grounds for ending a marriage in the UK.
To end a marital contract, you must evidence that your marriage has broken down irretrievably and, in doing so, must prove one of 5 facts:
Your spouse engaged in a sexual relationship with another person of the opposite sex.
- Separation of two years or longer
You and your spouse have been separated and have not lived as man and wife for at least two years. You may divorce if both parties mutually agree to it.
- Separation of five years or longer
You and your spouse have been separated and have not lived as man and wife for at least five years. You may divorce your spouse without their consent.
Your spouse has been absent for a continuous period of more than two years without consenting or any good reason.
- Unreasonable behaviour
Your spouse has behaved in such an ‘unreasonable’ way that makes it unacceptable and unreasonable for you to live with them any longer.
Several factors will be considered when it comes to the financial settlement in divorce proceedings. You can access more information here or arrange to speak to our team of divorce solicitors on 0161 924 0079. You can also send us a message via our contact form.
You can reach an agreement to separate without getting a divorce; there are three alternatives available to a formal divorce.
- Separating on an informal basis
You and your spouse may decide to informally separate and agree on financial matters between you without the involvement of a divorce solicitor.
- Drafting a separation agreement
Your divorce solicitor can help you draft up a separation agreement for you and your spouse to sign. This will detail any financial arrangements for your separation period and can be used as a basis for the courts to outline future handlings of your financial matters should you decide to proceed with a formal divorce in the future.
- Reaching a judicial separation
Using one of the circumstances mentioned above as grounds for a divorce, your divorce solicitors can help you get a formal separation agreement sanctioned by the courts. This is called judicial separation. You will no longer be considered a couple in legal terms, but you will still be married.
If you have decided to divorce your partner formally or seek advice about drafting a separation agreement, contact our team of expert divorce solicitors. Based in South Manchester, Lund Bennett Law offers comprehensive, expert legal support for anyone considering divorce proceedings in the North West. Contact us on 0161 924 0079 for your free, no-obligation consultation.
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