Family Law

Divorce Law Solicitors

Our experienced divorce lawyers can assist couples who wish to make a change in their family situation by beginning divorce proceedings.

National Legal Service Solicitors provide representation in divorce proceeding all over the country. Our Divorce solicitors are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Resolution specialists with years of experience in matters relating to divorce and separation.

As soon as you realise that you are ready to move onto the next chapter in your life and file for a divorce, it is crucial that you speak with an expert family lawyer. This decision has a wide ranging impact from relationships with your children to your ability to retire with a decent pension.

A divorce can only be granted after one year of marriage and if you can satisfy the criteria that the relationship has reached “irretrievable breakdown”. One of the following facts needs to be satisfied to prove this:

  • Adultery
  • Your partner has behaved unreasonably
  • Your partner deserted you at least two years ago
  • You’ve lived apart for at least two years (with the consent of the other party)
  • You’ve lived apart for at least five years (no consent required)


FAQ’s on Divorce


How long does it take to get divorced?

An uncontested divorce typically takes between four to six months (provided papers are processed promptly by both parties). However, if contested or an agreement cannot be reached, this can take 12 months of even longer.

What are the typical stages in the divorce process? 

Filing the divorce Petition:

The divorce process starts with the filing of a divorce petition (form D8), which is completed by the Petitioner (person seeking a divorce). It must also include reasons for why the marriage broke down

Acknowledgement of Service:

 The next stage of involves the court sending a copy of the divorce petition form to respondent  (your spouse) with an acknowledgement of service form that they need to complete and return within 7 days.

Apply for Decree Nisi

If your partner agrees with the divorce petition, the court will grant a decree nisi, which confirms there is no reason why you cannot divorce.

Application for Decree Absolute

The final step in the divorce process is to apply for the Decree absolute. You  will have to wait six weeks and 1 day of your decree nisi pronouncement date to apply for decree absolute.

An application for the decree absolute typically takes 2 weeks, which will then formally and legally end your marriage.

You will have to consider if there are any children or financial issues preventing the finalisation of your divorce.


What are the court fees in divorce ?

Court fees for divorce are set by the government and are currently £550 for England & Wales.

You may not have to pay the fee, if you are on a low-income or receive certain benefits such as;

  • Job Seeker’s allowance
  • Employment and Support allowance
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit


Getting Help

Whether you’re seeking a divorce, separation or wish to dissolve a civil partnership, National legal service solicitors can help. Get in touch with us to discuss your situation; our divorce solicitors have years of experience in every aspect of family law and are here to help you

Our solicitors are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Resolution. Speak to our divorce solicitors confidentially on 020 3601 5051 or fill in our contact form.

We also provide advice and assistance for potential clients going through a divorce with significant (high net worth) property and assets issues to resolve.  Please contact us so we can take further details and provide details of our costs.

Depending on circumstances and the issues at hand, we may also be able to offer competitive fixed fees for some elements of divorce and work arising from consent orders.  However, it is case specific so we would ask that you contact our team of specialists to discuss whether fixed fees are an option for your case.

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