Frequently asked Questions

Categories: Family Law

How long do I have to be married before I can start a divorce?

ANS – You have to be married for at least one year before divorce can be commenced.

Do I have to divorce in the country where the marriage took place?

ANS – No. You are able to divorce in the UK as long as you or your spouse have been resident here for at least one year before starting your case, or you and your spouse are domiciled in the UK.

If my spouse and I have been separated for two years, are we automatically divorced?

ANS – No.The same procedure has to be followed before divorce is finalised

What paperwork do I need to start a divorce?

ANS – A divorce petition
– Original Marriage Certificate, with translation if appropriate
– A fee

How long does it take to divorce?

ANS – An ‘agreed divorce’ takes about 5-6 months to finalise

What happens if I cannot find my spouse?

ANS – You are still able to divorce by showing the court that you have made attempts to locate them. The facts of 2 years’ separation with consent or adultery should not be relied upon in this instance.

I am in a same sex relationship – do my rights differ?

ANS –  No, as long as you entered into and registered your civil partnership or are married to each other.

What is the cost?

ANS – Agreed divorces are at a fixed fee of £750 plus VAT, and the required court fee.

For more complicated divorces, fixed fees can be offered after discussion during our initial consultation.