Divorce

We have a team of experienced lawyers spread through the towns of King's Lynn, Peterborough, Thetford and Wisbech.

Going through divorce or separation is a difficult and emotional time. However, our lawyers understand the issues facing you. We know that you need prompt, accessible advice, provided in a sensitive and constructive manner.

Whether your divorce or separation can be resolved through agreement or you need to go to Court we are experienced, compassionate and ready to help you.

What legal criteria can lead to a Divorce?

In order to get divorced you must satisfy the court that one or more of the following is true as proof that your marriage is over:

  • Adultery by your husband or wife
  • Unreasonable behaviour by your husband or wife
  • Desertion for a period of at least two years
  • Two years separation, if you both agree to the divorce
  • Five years separation, if there is no agreement to the divorce

We can advise if you are not sure whether you have grounds for a Divorce, or if your husband or wife does not agree to a Divorce. You may also need advice about financial and children issues.

What are the stages of Divorce?

The stages of Divorce are:

  • Petition for Divorce
  • Decree Nisi
  • Decree Absolute

What is a Petition for Divorce?

The Divorce process is started by sending the Petition for Divorce.

Once the petition has been sent by the Court, what happens next depends upon whether or not your husband or wife contests the Divorce or agrees to it. You may be asked to provide more information by the Court.

What is a Decree Nisi?

The next and most important part of the Divorce process is known as the Decree Nisi. This is the first stage of the actual Divorce. It is granted only when a Judge has reviewed all of the papers and is satisfied that there are proper grounds for a Divorce.

What is a Decree Absolute?

The final stage of a divorce is called the Decree Absolute. When you receive the Decree Absolute, you are no longer married and are free to re-marry.

What will it cost ?

We offer a fixed fee of £550 + VAT. There is also a court fee of £550, although many people are exempt from paying all of that and you can apply to the court for a full or partial reduction which will depend upon your income and capital. For more information on costs please visit the page on Costs For Family Law Services

What are the financial aspects of Divorce?

Financial matters can be negotiated without going to court. If court proceedings are necessary, then the Judge will consider a number of factors when deciding who should get what, but the needs of any children will always be the main consideration. For more information please visit the page on Finances.