Divorce solicitors

When a marriage breaks down, things can get messy. Tensions rise, arguments get heated. Choosing to separate can be sensible, but by no means enjoyable. Thankfully, Talbots divorce solicitors can keep it easy. Divorce will always be life changing, but with an expert on your side, the change may be for the best.

Divorce. It’s a painful process, and often feels like an endless tug of war. The emotion involved in a break up is tough in itself, never mind the legal proceedings that follow.  That’s why we believe in keeping separation simple. As well as expert legal advice and assistance throughout, we’ll be there to provide support and care when you need it the most. Divorce is rarely plain sailing, but no one should have to face the storm alone. 

Why should I trust Talbots divorce solicitors?

Our divorce solicitors are relationship specialists. When it comes to disputes, there’s nothing that we haven’t seen. We’ll never judge, and we’ll never make decisions for you. What we will do is explain your options clearly and help get on the right route to resolution.

From our considerable experience, we know that no two couples are alike. Similarly, each divorce is different. Each new case deserves dedication and patience. We know that when it comes to breaking up, the quicker the process, the softer the blow. While we will always aim for a speedy service, we also believe in doing things properly. Our divorce solicitors will leave no stone unturned and ensure that the settlement you receive is fair, and the outcome suits you personally.

How much will it cost?

Talbots offer 'Fixed Fees' meaning that we outline your costs from the very start with no hidden fees. We understand how stressful a divorce can be without being lumped with an even larger bill at the end. We want to make sure that you are given the best service at a 'fixed' price. Speak to someone in our Family team for more information.

Mediation

The first step is talking. Often, a calm negotiation can be more powerful than a courtroom confrontation. Our divorce solicitors are fully trained in mediation, allowing you and your ex-partner to express yourselves honestly without losing sight of the end goal. All too often, separating couples are quick to point the finger, and this is what makes divorce drag. The final destination of mediation is agreement, and we’ll be here to guide you through and ensure you stay on track until you reach it. If an agreement is reached in mediation, you save yourself time, costs and emotional distress. Sometimes, a little patience goes a long way.

Mediation will only be successful if all parties are open to discussion. However, we know that this isn’t always possible. When disputes escalate and situations get complicated, we’ll stand by you. In this case, our divorce solicitors will fight to the end to secure your desired outcome.

What are the grounds for divorce?

In order to legally divorce, you must have valid reasons. In the UK, there are certain grounds for divorce, and your reason must fall under one of the following:

  • Adultery
    If your spouse has slept with somebody of the opposite sex(or, the same sex if you are in a homosexual relationship) then you have a valid reason to end the relationship. However, upon discovery of the affair, if you stay with your spouse for a further 6 months the adultery no longer counts as reasonable grounds for divorce.
  • Unreasonable Behaviour
    You will also be legally allowed to divorce if your partner has behaved in a way that makes them intolerable to live with. It could be physical violence, verbal abuse or threats, a drug or alcohol addiction or a refusal to contribute financially.
  • Desertion
    If your spouse has left you without your agreement or without a valid reason, you will be able to claim desertion as your ground for divorce.

If you and your partner have lived apart for two years and you are both in agreement, you will be legally allowed to divorce. If you have lived apart for 5 years, regardless of whether your partner agrees, you will be legally able to begin divorce proceedings.

How long will the divorce process take?

The time it takes to legally divorce depends on the individual situation. However, an average divorce can take between 4 to 6 months. Where children are involved, it could take slightly longer. Similarly, if both parties do not reach an agreement during mediation and a court hearing is necessary, the process will take a lot longer. Essentially, the sooner you and your ex-partner can agree on important matters, the less time involved overall.

How can Talbots solicitors help me through divorce?

Divorce is a complicated process, but together, we can make it simple. From the initial meeting through to the finalisation, we will be there to assist you with the following:

 

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