We are specialist divorce solicitors in Norwich. We can help you to understand your legal position when it comes to divorce proceedings.
How we can help with your divorce
To start a divorce, one party to the marriage needs to send a petition for divorce to the court, setting out the reasons to end the marriage.
The reason is often one of adultery, unreasonable behaviour or that there has been a period of separation for two years or five years.
The person who starts the divorce also has to send their marriage certificate to the court and pay a fee at the rate set by the court.
The court will send a copy of the petition for divorce to the other party. They are required to complete a form that acknowledges receipt of the petition for divorce and asks them to state whether they agree to the divorce proceedings or not.
The majority of divorces progress on an agreed basis, which means that attendance at a court hearing can be avoided. However, attendance at a court hearing can be required if one party objects to the divorce proceeding or a dispute arises over who should pay the costs.
Our Norwich-based divorce solicitors help you to manage the process, ensuring a satisfactory outcome.
Financial Issues Arising from Divorce
If you start proceedings, you may need to consider the financial aspects of your marriage.
When a divorce begins, the court has the power to make various orders if it is asked to do so by either party. These include orders for the payment of income from one party to the other, the transfer or sale of a property, the payment of a lump sum of money or an order sharing a pension fund.
Before agreeing to the terms of a financial settlement, it is important to exchange financial documentation to make sure that full details of incomes, savings, investments and pension provisions are made available. This exchange of documentation can take place in a variety of ways, such as on a voluntary basis, through solicitor’s correspondence, at family mediation meetings or if it is ordered by the court.
If the terms of a financial settlement can be agreed then it should be recorded in a Consent Order approved by the court so that it becomes legally binding and enforceable. Where appropriate, a Consent Order can also contain Clean Break clauses, which are paragraphs in the Court Order that prevent any further claims being made for financial provision.
In some cases it is not always possible to reach a financial settlement and one party makes an application to the court for a financial order. When such an application is made, the court will ask both parties to complete a standard form which gives full details of their financial position. The court will also set a date for an initial hearing to consider the application. Negotiations can take place throughout the court process but if an agreement cannot be reached then a final hearing will be set by the court at which both parties will be able to put their arguments before a judge so that a final decision can be made.
Our divorce lawyers in Norwich are experts and practice within the Law Society's Family Law Protocol. We actively seek to resolve issues in a manner that minimises financial and emotional impact whether by agreement, through Mediation or through the court process.
As an independent firm, we can be flexible in how we approach your matter. We will work closely with you to deliver a very high level of expertise in a personable and cost-effective way. We offer a fixed-fee divorce package; the fee can be agreed at the outset offering you peace of mind.
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