How long will it take?
This is usually the first question our clients ask. The divorce process can take three to four months, but it often takes longer. Every situation depends on the level of complexity and the willingness or otherwise of the partners to resolve their issues. Our aim is to reach a resolution as efficiently as possible.
How much will it cost?
Our fees are based on rates which vary according to the experience of the team member who is working on your case. We are considered to be very competitive compared to other firms. We will discuss the likely total costs and how you can best manage the payments. We want to reach a resolution as cost-efficiently as possible.
We were never married. What rights do I have?
If you are not married then you do not have the same rights as people who are married, or who have become civil partners. So your issues and disputes don’t fall within divorce laws. There are other legal paths we can take, but you do need to get clear advice on these, which we can offer you.
Should I bring anything with me for the first meeting?
You may prefer to come in for an initial consultation to decide if you want to proceed, and how. If you have already decided that you want to end your marriage or civil partnership, you should bring your marriage or civil partnership certificate with you. It’s useful to make some notes of your own about any jointly owned assets, liabilities, income, and investments, including pensions. If you have any questions on this, please do ask us in advance.
You will also need to bring with you on your first meeting identification documents including either a passport or driving licence, and a recent bill or bank statement addressed to your home address to provide proof of your identity and residence. Under financial regulations solicitors are now required to have proof of the identity of their clients.
Should I tell my partner that I am going to see a solicitor?
We recommend that you wait until after the first meeting, as we will discuss the best approach and the right time to do so. Our meeting is completely confidential.
Things are very difficult at home. Should I move out?
It is very important to take legal advice before even considering such a step, as it could have significant ramifications for the future.
Getting in touch
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