Divorce Solicitors Leicester: Our Panel

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 aEnding a marriage or civil partnership is rarely easy. It can be a particularly difficult process for those involved in the relationship breakdown, including the couple, any children and the wider family.

Expert Family Law have a panel of family law solicitors with offices in Leicester and beyond with the experience and expertise required to assist you throughout the divorce process.

This includes the application stage for a divorce, right through to finalising the divorce settlements and dealing with any financial issues and child arrangements if required.

Our panel of divorce solicitors, Leicester, aim to provide professional divorce advice in order to make the process as stress-free and straightforward as possible. This will allow you to get the legal advice you need and move forward with the next chapter of your life with confidence.

The divorce process

The process of obtaining a divorce in England and Wales under the no-fault system, introduced in April 2022, is designed to simplify and reduce conflict in the divorce process. Here are the steps involved:

Eligibility

To apply for a divorce, you must:

  • Have been married for at least one year.
  • Have a legally recognized marriage.
  • Have a permanent home in England or Wales, or meet other jurisdictional requirements.

Filing the Application

  • Online or Paper Form: The application can be filed online through the government’s online service or by using a paper form.
  • Joint or Sole Application: Either one spouse (sole application) or both spouses together (joint application) can apply for a divorce.

Statement of Irretrievable Breakdown

  • No Fault Ground: The applicant(s) must state that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This is the only ground for divorce under the no-fault system.
  • Declaration: A simple declaration of irretrievable breakdown is required without the need to provide evidence or details of the other party’s behavior.

Serving the Application

  • Service Process: If it is a sole application, the court will send a copy of the application to the other spouse (the respondent) along with an acknowledgment of service form.
  • Acknowledgment: The respondent must acknowledge receipt of the application, typically within 14 days.

20-Week Reflection Period

  • Mandatory Waiting Period: There is a 20-week reflection period from the start of proceedings to the point at which the applicant(s) can apply for a Conditional Order (formerly known as a Decree Nisi).
  • Purpose: This period is intended to give both parties time to consider their decision and potentially resolve issues amicably.

Applying for a Conditional Order

  • Requesting the Order: After the 20-week reflection period, the applicant(s) can apply for a Conditional Order.
  • Court Review: The court will review the application to ensure all legal requirements are met.

Conditional Order Granted

  • Granting the Order: If the court is satisfied, it will issue a Conditional Order. This is a formal statement that the court sees no reason why the divorce cannot be granted.

Six-Week Waiting Period

  • Final Order Application: There is a mandatory six-week waiting period after the Conditional Order is granted before the applicant(s) can apply for a Final Order (formerly known as a Decree Absolute).
  • Purpose: This period provides one last opportunity for reflection and ensures all financial and other arrangements are in place.

Applying for the Final Order

  • Finalizing the Divorce: After the six-week waiting period, the applicant(s) can apply for the Final Order.
  • Final Order Granted: Once granted, the Final Order legally ends the marriage.

Post-Divorce Arrangements

  • Financial Settlements: Parties are encouraged to reach financial settlements either through mutual agreement, mediation, or court orders if necessary.
  • Child Arrangements: If there are children involved, arrangements for their care and support should be made.

 

Our panel of divorce solicitors, Leicester

Our panel of friendly and specialist family lawyers in Leicester have many years of experience and the expertise to deal with your case professionally and with empathy. They will guide you through the divorce process, helping you to make the difficult decisions in an understanding, non-judgmental manner.

Each team of family law solicitors in Leicester we work with are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Our panel of divorce solicitors, Leicester, will help you to navigate a range of issues and family disputes. This includes financial matters and will assist you in reaching an agreement on such issues.

Whether you are going through a divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, our panel of family law solicitors will provide quality family law services. They will guide you through every step of the process.

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Divorce Solicitors, Leicester – FAQ

 

Do I need to prove fault for a divorce?

No fault divorces now mean that the previous five grounds for divorce, such as adultery and unreasonable behaviour, no longer exist and couples can file for divorce with no fault needed. The new legislation also removes the possibility to contest a divorce and introduces the option for a joint application within relationships. These new changes also apply to the separation of civil partnerships

Can I object to divorce proceedings?

As parties are no longer required to prove fault in order to obtain a divorce, the possibility of defending or contesting a divorce only exists in exceptional and rare circumstances.

Will I need to attend court? 

Previously, parties may have been required to attend court if the respondent wished to defend the divorce proceedings. Following the introduction of no fault divorces and the removal of the ability to defend a divorce, parties are unlikely to be required to attend court unless there is an issue with legal costs.

How much do divorce solicitors cost?

When applying for a divorce, there will be a £593 fee in addition to your solicitor fees and any additional costs of the divorce.

We have a number of fixed fee divorce solicitors on our panel. Any legal fees will be provided by your solicitor from the outset of your case.

Unless your case involves domestic violence, child abduction, or if a party is at risk of homelessness, you will not be eligible for Legal Aid in England and Wales. However, Legal Aid may be available for mediation in some circumstances.

How can Expert Family Law’s panel of divorce solicitors, Leicester help?

If you and your significant other are thinking about ending your marriage, our accredited specialists will provide you with compassionate support during this trying period. Our panel of family lawyers are committed to a non-confrontational approach to divorce and other family issues. Our experts can assist you with all aspects of the divorce process. This includes filing for divorce, addressing divorce papers, reaching a financial agreement, handling child custody arrangements, and parental responsibility.

We ensure that the law firms on our panel have the skills and experience required to assist on your legal case. We can assure you that your case will be dealt with in a compassionate and understanding manner.

The collaborative lawyers on our panel are well versed in all areas of family law and dispute resolution. They can assist you through the process of divorce, including the application, as well as assisting you with child arrangement orders, financial settlements and ancillary relief following the termination of your marriage.

Our family law team in Leicester strive to provide our clients with an outcome that is right for both them and their family. As such, the guidance and legal services they provide are specific to suit each client’s personal circumstances.

Get in touch today using the form at the top of the page to find out if a Leicester divorce solicitor from our panel could help on your case.

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