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No matter whether you are planning to file for divorce or respond to a petition filed by your partner; a qualified Honiton divorce solicitor can be an invaluable aid in protecting your interests. The right solicitor will help ensure that your case is taken care of as skilfully and sympathetically as possible, particularly if there are any minors involved. Legal fees will typically range from approximately £155 up to around £300 an hour A few Honiton law firms will assist on a fixed cost arrangement. It does make sense to compare solictors legal fees for firms in Honiton and Devon - Click here to compare fees

Starting a divorce petition

The courts will only accept a divorce petition application where certain criteria are met such as 5 years separation (without mutual consent).

For more detailed information on starting a divorce with a Honiton lawyer, read our useful guide.

What to do next if you are the respondent in the petition for divorce?

The person who receives the petition for divorce or separation, the respondent, should find their own legal representation. A lawyer will be able to answer any queries about the divorce process and about how to reply to the petition itself.

Are the Statements of Case correct?

The petition's contents must be reviewed thoroughly, whether it is a draft version or otherwise. The details that need reviewing a largely simple, including the parties' addresses and dates of birth, but the Statements of Case must be read through carefully. 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.

What steps must the respondent complete?

In addition to the petition itself, the respondent will also receive an Acknowledge of Service document to fill out and return to the Court. This form notifies the Court that you have received the petition and agree with its contents. You can opt to defend the case or ask for the petition to be corrected, if you do not agree with the reasons given for the divorce. Your lawyer can help you with this if required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should we will it be possible to stop the process ?


Does it matter who starts the divorce process ?

No, this has no bearing on the process.

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.

  • GHP Legal

    Distance: 0.01 miles

    The Laurels, 46 New Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1BY

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  • Neil Griffin and Co

    Distance: 0.10 miles

    Blackwater Chambers, 114-116 High Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1JP, England

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  • Beviss and Beckingsale

    Distance: 0.12 miles

    Law Chambers, Manor House, High Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1DJ

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  • Everys

    Distance: 0.17 miles

    The Laurels, 46 New Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1BY, England

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  • Family Law and Mediation Limited

    Distance: 0.98 miles

    Office 14, East Devon Business Centre, Heathpark Way, Heathpark, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1SF, England

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