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How much does a divorce cost?
The cost for a straightforward undefended divorce is £650 + VAT, plus court fees of £550. If on the other hand the divorce becomes defended the cost would increase.
We at Tracey Miller Family Law go out of our way to make sure that costs are kept to a minimum, which is why we offer a completely ‘Free of Charge’ initial meeting, where we can give you a fair indication of what the cost is likely to be. Being part of Resolution (formerly the solicitors family law association), we will always strive to keep all our cases as non confrontational as possible, thereby reducing the chances considerably of long drawn out and expensive divorces.
How long does a divorce take?
An average divorce should take no longer than 4-6 months. However it may take longer to complete the divorce if it is defended (please note that your Financial Settlement may take longer). At TMFL we always try to complete a divorce as fast as possible, because of our own experiences we know that dealing with these issues quickly, allows the family to close an extremely painful chapter and enables them to move on to happier times as soon as is possible.
What are the grounds for divorce?
Contrary to popular belief, there is only 1 ground for divorce which is that “the marriage has broken down irretrievably”, to prove this you have to use one of 5 facts as follows:
- Unreasonable Behaviour
- 2 years Separation with Consent
- Desertion (2 years or more)
- 5 years Separation
Our whole ethos at TMFL is to make everything as easy for our clients as possible, therefore we would discuss the implications of whichever fact was most suitable, in order to complete the divorce with the minimum of stress and as quickly as possible.
For more information about UK divorce law, or to speak to a friendly, sympathetic divorce solicitor, do not hesitate to contact us today.