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Divorce is the legal dissolution or termination of a marriage through the courts. It can be enormously stressful and emotional and although you need to look after yourself on a personal level, it’s also important to understand what the legal process is and what’s best for you.

Our specialist divorce solicitors are members of Resolution which looks to guide you through your divorce in a non-confrontational way, advising what your options are, whilst taking care of the necessary paperwork. These are some of the questions you may have about getting divorced.

How much will it cost?

For undefended proceedings we charge £575 + vat and disbursements if you’re the person filing the divorce (the petitioner). The mandatory disbursement for the petitioner is the court fee which is currently £550, but you might be exempt from paying this if you’re on a low income. If you’re the respondent (the person being served with the divorce) it’s £300 + vat.

How long will it take?

On average, the process is around six months. This is because there are built in delays within divorce proceedings to allow time for parties to change their minds.

What if he/she doesn’t respond?

If your ex doesn’t respond to the papers it doesn’t mean you can’t get divorced as there are steps we can take to ensure you get your decree absolute.

What do I need and when can I start proceedings?

Legally you can’t file for divorce without having been married for at least 12 months first. To start the process you’ll need to provide the original marriage certificate or a certified copy. If the marriage certificate is in a language other than English, you have to provide a translation of it.

Do I have to attend court?

Not usually, unless there’s an issue with costs. If the respondent wants to defend the proceedings, the court will list it for a verbal hearing, but this is the exception to the rule as most proceedings pass undefended these days.

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