Divorce & Financial Settlement

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How long does it take to get a divorce?

Every divorce case is different and so the timescales can vary from case to case. It is estimated that divorce proceedings will take a minimum of 26 weeks to be finalised. We have over 20 years of experience finding the best solutions for our clients in all areas of Family Law, including:

Fact Based Law Advice for Modern Family Issues

If your marriage has irretrievably broken down you may wish to commence divorce proceedings. As divorce solicitors, we offer advice on the no fault divorce law.

Whether the marriage is between a man and woman or same-sex, it is essential to try and reach an agreement on the division of your family assets and to embody such agreement in a separation agreement (outside of divorce proceedings) or in a court order (within divorce proceedings).

If this is not done, then either party can resurrect financial issues in the future, even against each other’s estate after death.

We understand that family matters can be difficult, and we are here to help and guide you through the process and the stress associated.

People would rather avoid going to court if possible and we will do our best to settle matters without court involvement.

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    What is the Divorce Process?

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    The divorce will take about six months to complete and usually comprises of the following:

    The divorce petition is drafted. It is usual practice to notify the other party of your intention to issue divorce proceedings and provide a copy of the petition. Divorce proceedings can be issued on a ‘sole’ or ‘joint’ basis.

    The petition is issued by the court and a copy is sent to your spouse; your spouse should complete an Acknowledgement of Service form and return it to the court. You then complete a statement confirming the details in the petition are true and submit that to the court with your application for a Conditional Order. There is a compulsory 20 week wait between the divorce petition being issued and when you can be granted a Conditional Order. The Judge considers all papers and decides if you are entitled to a divorce.

    We frequently help people obtain the smoothest and least disruptive divorce possible. Our expertise and knowledge in this area allows us to ensure an amicable and effective process for all.

    The court then sets a date for pronouncement of the Conditional Order. You can apply for your Final Order six weeks after the Conditional Order is granted, although there may be reasons to delay this, for example, when financial matters are still being dealt with.

    Agency Work

    Tinsdills Solicitors have offices close to the courts at Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe and Stafford. The family department undertake private agency work to other firms of Solicitors. The work base includes hearings linked to divorce, The Children Act and financial proceedings.

    We are able to offer your clients professional advice whilst at court to ensure their anxiety is kept to a minimum. Work is carried out at a competitive hourly rate or can be agreed on a fixed fee basis.

    “I take this time to thank you for your help over the past 10+ years in, eventually, helping to bring this matter to a conclusion and look forward to the future.”

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    “Thank you so much for all the work you have done on this case and all your advice, you truly are a wonderful person. It’s been a real journey, one I didn’t expect to be such a rollercoaster but we have had plenty of laughs along the way.”

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    If you require divorce legal advice, please call us today to arrange an appointment.

    We have offices in Hanley, Newcastle, Leek or Sandbach.

    Our phone lines are open Mon to Fri: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    It is estimated that divorce proceedings will take a minimum of 26 weeks to be finalised.

    In order to initiate divorce proceedings, the applying party, known as the Applicant, will need to send to the court a Divorce Petition. The only ground for a divorce is irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

    In England and Wales, as of 6 April 2021, the Petition will be issued on a “no fault” basis, meaning that a marriage has broken down with no “blame” placed on either party.

    If both parties agree to the divorce, this will make the process less contentious and usually does not require you to attend the court hearings.

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