Divorce & relationship breakdown
Local Divorce Solicitors providing advice, guidance and legal representation
When you are going through something as life-changing as a divorce or separation, you need the peace of mind that comes with working with real experts. A divorce or separation will have an affect not only on your life but on the lives of your children and other family members.
Watson Thomas Solicitors are a a local divorce solicitors firm that puts your interests above all else. We understand how difficult divorce can be when property, money and the ongoing care of your children is at stake, and it is essential you have a leading team of solicitors to support you.
We can also help if there is an international element to your divorce or separation, for example if you and your partner own property abroad or one of you lives abroad.
We believe in making your divorce as easy as possible for you. We offer fixed fees, a free initial consultation and expert advice from our family team. We are dedicated to offering outstanding personal service tailored to meet the client’s individual needs and demands.
What is the divorce process?
The process of dissolving your marriage is not a difficult legal process. We can deal with your entire divorce (which is separate from any financial settlement) for the fixed fee of £1000 plus VAT. You will also need to pay £550 to the Court when the Petition is issued.
In order to obtain a divorce, you will need to prove that there has been an irretrievable breakdown in your marriage, as evidence by one of the five grounds;-
- Unreasonable Behaviour
- Two years’ separation
- Five Years’ Separation
The two most common grounds are those of unreasonable behaviour and adultery. Even if you don’t consider that you have any grounds for divorce then do still speak to us as we may be able to issue your petition on the basis of unreasonable behaviour, where the threshold for divorce is not very high.
New Divorce Legislation for 2022
With the new year comes the promise of new legislation for those that want to get divorced without blaming their spouse. The Government have confirmed that No Fault Divorce will be coming into practice in April 2022, and the new process will be the only way that couples can get divorced in the future.
The current system requires the applying spouse, known as the Petitioner, to either assign blame by way of unreasonable behaviour, allege and prove adultery. If the Petitioner wants to avoid blame, they have to wait at least 2 years. This can be difficult for those who want to move on with their lives after separation. Find out more.
If you do not want to instruct us to deal with your divorce in its entirety, then we are happy to help you complete any forms and provide you with advice on an ad hoc basis.
Watson Thomas Solicitors have offices in Fleet, Winchester, Guildford, London, Bracknell, Camberley, Farnborough and Woking.
If you need legal guidance and support with any aspect of Separation or Divorce, please call on 0800 488 0218.