Going through a divorce can be a very stressful time and if you are uncertain whether it is the right solution, it can also be very confusing. If you are considering divorce but want to know more about what the process actually involves then these FAQs should provide you with most of the answers you need.
How long does a divorce take?
There is no definitive length of time as this can vary depending on factors like whether there are children involved and the types of assets to be shared. On average, a straightforward divorce takes between 6-8 months.
What reasons can be given for a divorce?
The most common divorce petitions are:
- Unreasonable Behaviour
- Two years of separation
How much does a divorce cost?
The minimum you will need to pay is £550 in court fees if you are the petitioner (the person filing the divorce). This doesn’t include any solicitor fees or further legal costs. You can get a fixed fee divorce from Hill and Company at £600 + VAT plus court costs.
What will happen to the house?
This depends on your situation but generally, either one party will stay in the house and buy the other person out, or the house will be sold and the equity shared. If children are involved, their living arrangements will be factored in e.g. it could be decided that the primary carer stays in the house until the children turn 18.
How does the divorce process begin?
The divorce process technically starts when someone files a divorce petition with the court. However, you will usually meet with a divorce solicitor or family law expert to discuss your situation and get guidance before you start the divorce process.
What happens if we cannot agree on the divorce terms?
Your solicitor will work with you to try and reach the best outcome but in the situation where you are unable to come to an agreement with your spouse, you will need to go to court to have a judge make the decision.
These FAQs should have answered some of the common divorce FAQs but if you have any more questions, simply book a free consultation from a member of our family law team here