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Divorce

Our divorce solicitors, based in Bromley and Beckenham, on the borders of South East London and Kent, are experienced in guiding individuals through the divorce process. Our team successfully protects our clients' personal and financial interests during a divorce. 

Individuals often approach us before formally separating from their spouse, in order to gather information and receive advice.  We understand the law of divorce at a deep level, and ensure we stay up to date on any changes in the law in order to provide our clients with the clearest, most up-to-date legal advice available. 

Our family specialists understand that sensitivity, confidentiality and empathy are needed when a dissolution of marriage is being worked through, especially if the divorce petition was served unexpectedly.  With our experience and our years of combined expertise, we can assure you that you will receive professional, competent advice at this difficult time.

The Divorce Process

In order to apply for a divorce you must have been married for more than 12 months.  Either spouse can apply for a divorce petition and this person is known as the petitioner. To do this, the divorce petition must be sent to the court together with the original marriage certificate. Your original marriage certificate  will not be returned to you. This is replaced by the Decree Absolute at the end of the proceedings.

Once issued the divorce documentation is served on the other party and that party is asked to complete an Acknowledgment of Service form. If the proceedings are not defended you can proceed to the next stage which is to file a statement with the Court confirming that the contents of the Petition are true . At this stage the application for the decree nisi is made. This is the penultimate decree. Six weeks and one day after the pronouncement of Decree Nisi, you can apply to the Court for the final decree, the Decree Absolute, although you should not do so without first seeking advice as to the implications. Once that is granted you are divorced.

Grounds for Divorce

There is only one ground for divorce: that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The Petitioner, on the petition, chooses one from the following five possible "facts" in support of the claim that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. These are:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour of the respondent
  • Desertion
  • Two years separation with consent
  • Five years separation without consent

We can help you fill in the forms required and advise you if your estranged spouse attempts to defend the grounds for divorce and/or co-petition.

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

A straight-forward, uncontested divorce will take between four to six months to complete.  Disagreements about the finances involved or difficulties serving the divorce petition on your spouse can however prolong the process considerably.

Our team of divorce solicitors have the necessary experience and in-depth knowledge of family law and procedures to move divorce proceedings along efficiently, whilst ensuring our client’s best interests are being protected.  We will provide practical, uncomplicated advice on the divorce itself as well as matters surrounding any children you and your estranged spouse have together and the matrimonial finances.

If you need to speak to a divorce solicitor in the Bromley or Beckenham area, regarding a divorce then please call us in complete confidence on Bromley 020 8290 0333 or Beckenham 0208 658 3922 to make an appointment.