Deciding to file for divorce or separation is never easy; as every marriage is different, every case comes with a specific set of challenges and potential pitfalls. Therefore it is necessary to get informed before making any quick decisions.
To get divorced in England and Wales, the applicant “Petitioner” must have been married for at least 12 months and needs to demonstrate that the marriage has broken down. There are a number of grounds for divorce, from adultery to unreasonable behaviour and abandonment/“Desertion”. A good divorce lawyer will guide you through the process. As far as the legal system is concerned, divorce proceedings start only after the lawyer issues your divorce petition. Normally the procedure is simply a paper exercise.
It is vital to seek expert advice in the early stages of the process, preferably before any action is taken. Even if you are confident that you can reach an amicable agreement with your partner, it is a good idea to have an expert divorce lawyer at your side. Potential maintenance and property disputes and disagreements related to children can linger on for years, hence it is necessary to take the appropriate steps to mitigate the long-term risk of such disputes.
However, the relationship works both ways. You will have to provide your lawyer with full, relevant and truthful information, along with various documents if you want your lawyer to be able to limit duration, cost, and advice on the outcome of the case.
As Blanchards law specialises in family law in London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, we can provide early advice on the appropriate grounds for divorce and advise you on what to expect next. We can provide professional advice on how to proceed and formalise your divorce.
We take our responsibility to explain the entire divorce process to you seriously. We believe that the client controls the process, and we will not take any steps without your consent and full involvement. It is your case, after all. We will keep you informed and respond quickly to your calls and correspondence.
In addition, if circumstances permit, it is also possible to choose an alternative form of dispute resolution, such as mediation and collaborative law. In some cases, such alternatives can be the best solution for both parties, but they have their limitations and drawbacks. Of course, we can help you decide whether these alternatives are the right choice for you. We have collaboratively trained lawyers and mediators at this firm who can assist you.