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If you are seeking to initiate a divorce or respond to a petition filed by your partner, a specialist Flitwick family and divorce solicitor can be an essential legal advisor in safeguarding your interests. The right lawyer will be able to help ensure that your matter is managed as adeptly and sensitively as possible, particularly if there are children or dependents. A solicitors legal fees usually range from approximately £150 to as much as £285 per hour - not including VAT.

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Filing a divorce petition

UK Courts will only deal with a divorce petition if certain are met - for instance unreasonable conduct.

For more detailed details on the divorce process with a Flitwick family lawyer, check out our useful guide.

What to do if you are the respondent in divorce proceedings?

Receiving and responding to a petition is a key early stage of formal proceedings. While some respondents decide to ignore a petition, notification of delivery will have been sent to the Court. In cases where the petition is ignored, the person sending the petition has several options to get proof of receipt, including using a process server or Court Baliff to deliver the papers in person.

Receiving a draft petition

Guidelines recommend that a respondent is sent a "draft" version of a divorce petition first. The draft version can then be discussed and agreed by both parties before a final version is filed with the Court. A draft version is not a legal requirement, and may not occur in more contentious cases. The proceedings can proceed more easily, and at less cost, however, if an early agreement is reached.

What steps must the respondent complete?

You will be sent an Acknowledge of Service to complete and send back to the Court. This is a formality to confirm that the respondent has received the petition. 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

Should I move out of our home In the middle of the process can I still get back In ?

Yes you can.

Does it matter who starts the divorce process ?

No, this has no bearing on the process.

How do I know how much maintenance to pay?

The parents' income and the number of children are some of the factors considered when calculating maintenance payments. The Child Maintenance Service offer an online calculator to work out these payments.

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.

  • Sharman Law LLP

    Distance: 1.80 miles

    Dunstable St, Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2JR, UK

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