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Going through a divorce is stressful for all involved, especially when you have children.
We strive to provide you with expert legal advice to ensure that you gain the best outcome for you and your family. If you want to understand your rights in relation to your divorce, please get in touch with our team today.
To apply for a divorce in England & Wales, you must have been married for at least 12 months and your relationship has irretrievably broken down. You can only pursue a divorce if your marriage is legally recognised in the UK and the UK is the permanent home of one of the parties.
If you are eligible to start divorce proceedings, then the spouse requesting a divorce needs to show one of the following five grounds:
● adultery● unreasonable behaviour, such as physical violence, verbal abuse, alcohol or drug abuse ● desertion by the other spouse for a continuous period of at least two years● separation from the other spouse for at least two years and both agree to divorce● separation for at least five years, even without the consent of the other party
To ensure that your divorce is handled efficiently and effectively, speak with our team today about your particular circumstances.
At Hanson Woods Solicitors, we appreciate that all family situations are different. How you progress with your divorce will depend on a variety of factors, such as financial settlements and childcare arrangements. Whether or not the divorce is contested will also affect the length of time it takes to finalise the entire process.
An amicable divorce can be completed within about four to six months; from filing the divorce petition to the final decree when the marriage is formally ended. Where the parties do not agree, then the matter may end up proceeding through the courts, though mediation or other alternative forms to litigation will need to be explored first.