Divorce and Separation

How long does a divorce take?

Typically between 4 to 6 months if there are no complications, however, when there are financial issues to resolve a divorce will often take longer.

What are the grounds for divorce?

A divorce is always based on the fact that a marriage has broken down irretrievably, but it must be based on one of five factors under the Matrimonial Causes Act:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Separation of two years and consent by the other party
  • Separation of five years
  • Desertion

How much does a divorce cost?

There is a court fee of £550 currently payable to commence a divorce. Additionally, you can expect to pay between £800 and £1000 plus VAT for your solicitors fees.

Relevant Experience
  • Advising a client with a significant investment portfolio, pensions and property within divorce proceedings. Issues of the other party re-directing assets, worth £2 million, away from the matrimonial pot and levels of competence due to a medical condition. 
  • Representing adult siblings in intervening in parents' divorce settlement. Advising and preparing all necessary court documents and representing parties at hearings.

Key Contact

Zoe Porter

Partner and Head of Family Department

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+44 (0)1392 333686


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