It is one of the hardest experiences a person can go through. Regardless of the underlying cause, starting and going through a divorce is nothing short of harrowing and, unless you have studied law or have been through one before, it is likely that you are going to be a bit puzzled by the entire process. Of course, at such an emotionally volatile time, the last thing you need is additional stressors due to technicalities or other complications. Therefore, it is always advisable to seek legal counsel from a solicitor who specialises in divorce and family law, who will be able to guide you through and take the weight off of your shoulders.
So, first and foremost, it is of vital importance that you seek a solicitor’s firm that specialises in divorces and other related family matters, such as child access and property rights. Obviously, you will have questions about your divorce. Here is a list of the top 5 FAQs that are searched online about family solicitors to help you understand the basics of separation law in the UK.
How long does a divorce take?
If both you and your former partner agree to the divorce, then the entire process can be completed in about 6-8 months.On average, however, in the UK, a divorce takes around 8 months to complete. Please be aware, however, that this time span does not include negotiations about finances, housing or child access, which will take longer to sort out, depending on individual circumstances surrounding them.
How long do I need to have been married before I can divorce?
In the UK, you need to have been married for at least one year before you begin divorce proceedings.
What happens if my former spouse doesn’t want the divorce?
This is a common occurrence that family solicitors handle daily. If your former spouse refuses to divorce, this can mean that you will need to delay divorce proceedings.
In the UK, you can legally divorce someone without their agreement after 5 years from separation, provided you can prove that you have been living apart. However, if that is too lengthy, your legal team may be able to advise you on alternative arrangements.
What evidence will I need to begin the process?
For your solicitor to begin the divorce proceedings, they will need to know on what basis you are divorcing your former spouse; who is starting the divorce proceedings; and finally, they will also require legal documentation of any shared assets (such as housing). They will also require information on any dependents (children under 18 years of age) and any shared debts.
If we change our minds, can we stop the process?
Of course! In the UK, a divorce isn’t finalised until the decree absolute is pronounced. Therefore, if you and your spouse change your minds about the separation, your team should be able to halt the proceedings, provided that the decree absolute has not been produced.