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No matter whether you are looking to apply to the courts for a divorce petition or respond to a petition filed by a spouse - a suitably qualified Bedfordshire family and divorce lawyer is a great help in securing your personal interests. A Bedfordshire lawyer will be able to make sure that your circumstances are taken care of as conscientiously as possible, particularly if there are any children.

Legal costs can range from approximately £155 to £290 an hour ex VAT. Sometimes Bedfordshire legal advisors will assist on a fixed quote package.

It is prudent to shop around to compare Bedfordshire and East Of England solicitors quotes as possible, click Compare Bedfordshire solicitor fees here

Filing a divorce petition

East Of England courts can only carry out an application for divorce where certain criteria are met - for instance having been married for over a year.

To find detailed information on how to begin a divorce with a Bedfordshire solicitor, see our useful guide.

How to answer a divorce petition

Once a divorce petition has been drafted, the documents are sent by the Court to the spouse of the person applying for a divorce, refered to as "the respondent". The person receiving the petition is recommended to seek advice from a specialist before answering the petition.

Have you checked that the contents are correct?

It is vital that you check the petition's contents, regardless of whether it is a draft or otherwise. The information contained in the petition is largely straightforward, including the parties' addresses and dates of birth, but the Statements of Case should be checked thoroughly. You can write to your partner or their lawyer to request a correction, if you disagree with the Statements of Case . If your spouse rejects your changes, you can also file a formal Answer and Cross-Petition with the Court to defend the petition. Your legal representative can assist with the formal process of defending a petition if necessary.

What does the respondent need to do?

You will also receive an Acknowledge of Service document to complete, in addition to the petition itself. This is a formality to confirm that you have received the petition and agree with its contents. If you do not agree with the reasons given for the divorce, you can opt to defend the case or ask for the petition to be corrected.

Divorce FAQs

Is it risky to cite unreasonable behaviour as the reason for a divorce?

It is recommended that both sides talk through the contents of a divorce petition informally first, before drafting a final version. This can help to avoid any arguments when the details of the "unreasonable behaviour" are printed in the formal petition.

Can you get a divorce in a Civil Partnership?

The dissolution process is similar to a divorce, but adultery cannot be cited as a reason for the legal separation. Like the decree nisi and decree absolute awarded in a divorce, a civil partnership is dissolved with first a "conditional order", and then a "final order" six months later.

What is the minimum time I have to be married for before I can legally get divorced ?

A minimum of 1 year.

Do we legally have to have tried mediation before starting the divorce process ?

No you do not.

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    Distance: 0.18 miles

    Lurke St, Bedford MK40 3HZ, UK

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    Distance: 0.18 miles

    Mayfair House, 11 Lurke Street, Bedford, Mk40 3hz, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3HZ, England

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  • Premier Solicitors LLP

    Distance: 0.22 miles

    Premier House, Lurke Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3HU, England

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  • Motley and Hope

    Distance: 9.13 miles

    The Manor House, 11 Shortmead Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 0AT, England

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  • Blacks Solicitors LLP

    Distance: 10.47 miles

    26 Market Square, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 2PJ

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    Distance: 10.48 miles

    1a South Street, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 2BW

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    Distance: 11.32 miles

    Brewery House, 84 High Street, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 8AQ, England

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  • Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP

    Distance: 14.13 miles

    Northgate House, 450-500 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 2AD

    0808 175 8000

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    3rd Floor, Exchange House, 494 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 2EA

    0333 320 2220

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  • Acorn Family Law LLP

    Distance: 14.19 miles

    Acorn House, 361 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 3HP, England

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    Distance: 14.48 miles

    2nd Floor Moorgate House, 201 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 1JL, England

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    Distance: 14.86 miles

    19 Leys Avenue, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, SG6 3EB

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    Distance: 14.87 miles

    102 Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK2 2RX, England

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  • Howes Percival LLP

    Distance: 15.02 miles

    Milton Keynes MK5 8FR, UK

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  • Hawkins Family Law Ltd

    Distance: 17.30 miles

    The Old Court House, 19 Market Square, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK11 1BE, England

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