Divorce

An essential component to a good divorce is securing the right legal adviser from the start. A huge amount of upset can often be avoided by choosing an experienced solicitor who is a specialist in divorce and all related issues.

All of the Family Team at Furley Page are specialist divorce lawyers and are well regarded in their field by clients and other professionals.

Contemplating divorce, or being divorced?

When contemplating divorce, or being on the receiving end of such a decision, our specialist solicitors will answer the many questions you will undoubtedly have. They will clearly explain what you can expect and how each step of the process will work.

Our team will support you through any emotional and practical problems you may face and, where appropriate, will assist you in securing services of other professionals who can help with non-legal issues you or your family might also need to resolve at this difficult time.

We have access to a network of other professionals both through our extensive in-house legal sectors and also the plethora of local connections built up by our specialist solicitors through years of working in the South East.

The process of divorce

The divorce process is relatively straight forward. Divorce can be issued after the first anniversary of a marriage. There is no requirement to wait until you have been separated for two years as many believe.

The process involves papers being submitted to the Court with required details and documents. A Court fee is payable of £550.

There are two stages to divorce:

  • The first stage is Decree Nisi. This is where the Court certifies that you are entitled to divorce.
  • The second stage is Decree Absolute. This is the final decree that dissolves a marriage. Only once Decree Absolute is made will you be divorced.

'No fault divorce'

The press has reported on changes to be made to the divorce process, which will make divorce less confrontational.

These changes will enable parties to divorce without the current requirement to allege blame. This is more commonly called a 'No Fault Divorce' and is expected to become available to clients in or around August 2021. There can be serious implications if divorce is delayed so it is essential legal advice is obtained to decide whether waiting is the best option for you.

Financial consequences of divorce or separation

For many couples who go through the unsettling period of separation or divorce, their primary goal will be to achieve future financial certainty. Our specialist solicitors will guide you through the process as to how that can be achieved and, will advise you on how your future financial situation may look.

The starting point is for there to be financial disclosure so a clear understanding can be gained about the assets, income and liabilities that are to be considered and advice can be provided on a fair financial settlement.

In the majority of cases, the parties agree a financial settlement without either of them having to issue an application to the Court with the assistance of solicitors. Even where a Court application has to be issued, most cases are resolved by subsequent agreement between the parties.

There are various options parties can use to provide their financial disclosure on divorce.

Protection of Assets

Divorce, as with any other significant event, is a time to reflect on wishes that have been made in a Will or, to make a Will to ensure your wishes are recorded. This is something our specialist solicitors will discuss with you. The ownership of property will also be discussed and whether action should be taken to protect property interests now, or in the event of death before a divorce is concluded.

Choose Furley Page for advice on divorce

Where possible we will try and agree the content of a Divorce Petition with the other spouse to minimise upset and distress to all.

With the right legal adviser on your side, divorce does not need to be unnecessarily distressing. In nearly every case, the divorce petition proceeds undefended and without the need for a court hearing or a detailed examination of the allegations made by either party.

We will be here to listen to all of your concerns and will guide you through the process to make it as pain free as possible.

Contact Rayma Collins or Naomi Hayward for legal advice about divorce.

 

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Key Contacts

Rayma Collins

Partner & Head of Family Law

Naomi Hayward

Partner & Collaborative Lawyer