Divorce and Civil Partnership dissolution

Providing expert guidance in divorce and civil partnership dissolution.

Many people want to ensure that their divorce proceedings are dealt with professionally, and handled in tandem with matters related to finances and children.

Most divorces nowadays follow the “special procedure”, a streamlined process intended to make getting a divorce simpler and easier. Unless there are particular complications in your case, the “special procedure” means you will not have to attend court simply in order to get your divorce.

In other respects the law is surprisingly old fashioned and costs orders are sometimes made against Respondents in “fault” divorces.

We can help by:

  • providing expert guidance so that you know what your options are
  • saving you time and effort through our familiarity with the legal process
  • protecting your interests by negotiating with your partner or spouse on your behalf in relation to issues such as costs
  • dealing with complications that arise such as service problems
  • if you are the Respondent, advising how to protect your position.

We will:

  • advise concerning grounds and the evidence required by the court
  • draft the petition so that it satisfies the court without further damaging your relationship
  • prepare all other necessary court documentation
  • deal with issues relating to service of the court documents
  • explain the procedure and timescales involved.

There is no substitute for obtaining professional advice at an early stage in the breakdown of your relationship. Every person’s situation is different, and advice early on can often prevent problems, heartache and expense later.


Legal Guides & Articles PDFs

An Overview of the Divorce Procedure


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a solicitor just to deal with my divorce proceedings?
Most of the standard documentation is available from the Court and the Court Service website, and can be completed quite quickly. However, the timing of divorce proceedings can have implications for financial and other issues. It is always sensible to obtain advice at the outset.

How much will divorce proceedings cost?
The “special procedure” is intended to make the costs of divorce affordable for most people. People on very low incomes may be eligible for help with the costs. There are court fees to pay which change from time to time. We will give you a costs estimate at the first interview and also set out for you the current level of court fees and any other possible expenses. The costs can be kept to a minimum if the other person cooperates.

How long will the divorce proceedings take?
Usually five to eight months, provided the divorce is straightforward and the other person cooperates.

I have been served with a divorce petition which makes untrue allegations and there is a claim for costs against me – what can I do?
It is better to seek advice concerning the divorce at the outset, so that negotiations can take place before proceedings are issued, rather than later on, when contesting allegations or costs claims is more expensive and more complicated. There are a number of different options in the above situation and we can advise you in the light of your particular circumstances.

My spouse says he won’t deal with any of the court paperwork for a divorce and he is going to make things as difficult as possible – what can I do?
You need to take advice about the divorce right from the outset. It is possible to obtain a divorce even though your spouse is not cooperating, but certain precautions need to be taken at the beginning.

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