Sheffield Family Law Solicitors
Did you know that 42% of marriages end in divorce?
At Banner Jones, we know that every case is unique. We will cover all your options and recommend that the best solution for you.
Before you can proceed with a divorce, you must prove your marriage has irretrievably broken down by establishing one of the following five facts:
- Unreasonable behaviour.
- 2 years separation - consent is required by your partner.
- 5 years separation - no approval is required.
The three stages of divorce:
Stage One: Prepare a divorce petition
After discussing your situation, and if we feel it is feasible, we will prepare you a divorce petition. This document will be sent to Court to start your divorce proceedings. If you have any children, a statement of arrangements will also be sent to Court.
Your spouse will receive a copy of the divorce petition which needs be signed and sent to Court. To begin filing for divorce, you will require a marriage certificate and must pay a Court Fee of £550.00.
Stage Two: Requesting permission from the Court to divorce - applying for Decree Nisi.
At Banner Jones, we will update the Court on any changes since the start of divorce proceedings. All the information will be reviewed by a District Judge, who will decide if there's enough evidence for grounds of divorce. If the Court approves your case, we will receive a certificate called a Decree Nisi. This certificate states that the Court agrees your marriage has irretrievably broken down and permits you to end your marriage.
Stage 3: Making your divorce legally binding - applying for Decree Absolute.
The Decree Absolute is the final stage of the divorce procedure. This stage will officially end your marriage. You can only apply for Decree Absolute 43 days after the Decree Nisi date. Once the Decree Absolute is confirmed, both parties will be officially divorced and free to remarry.
Why do I need a solicitor for my divorce?
You can represent yourself when filing for divorce, but there are many reasons to get professional help. At Banner Jones, we know too well that family law is ever changing and keeping up to date with the correct information is challenging.
We've seen people try to represent themselves. If done unsuccessfully, this can end up costing more time and money and dragging out the divorce process even longer.
Going through a divorce is hard enough. Our compassionate team of family law specialists are here to make the divorce process as straightforward and as stress-free as possible. By choosing a family law specialist, you will get all the support plus advice on more complex legal issues.
Why choose Banner Jones for family law matters?
- Our team of Sheffield based Family Law Solicitors will handle your case with the utmost care and support.
- 97% of our clients would recommend us to a friend.
- Since 2013, we’ve been a leading 500 Legal Law Firm.
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