Divorce and Separation

Divorce Solicitors in Gloucestershire

Facing the breakdown of a relationship can be extremely daunting, with finances, property and dividing up of assets to consider, especially when children are involved. Before making any significant decisions, it is important to know your rights and where you stand. Therefore, getting early, expert advice from an appropriate professional will put you and your family in the best position moving forward.

Our specialist family solicitors can advise you on all divorce and separation matters including:

  • The Divorce Process
  • Separation
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution
  • Judicial separation
  • Financial Matters
  • Child Matters
  • Injunctions/protective orders

Langley Wellington is one of Gloucestershire’s leading family law firms. If you are worried about your legal rights following a separation or divorce – talk to us.

 

For you, your family and your business. To speak to our family law team today, you can call our Gloucester office on 01452 521286, our Cheltenham office on 01242 264998,  email us at lawyers@langleywellington.co.uk or make an online enquiry.

 

Getting Divorced

Getting divorced is the legal dissolution of the marriage between spouses. Under new law, the requirement to prove a set of specific facts and lay blame at the other parties’ door has finally been removed. The ground for divorce remains the same ‘the irretrievable breakdown of the relationship’, however no facts have to be established and the divorce can proceed on the basis of ‘no fault’, either with or without your partner’s consent. The updated legislation is one of the biggest overhauls of divorce law in modern history,

If you would like to understand more about how the current divorce laws may impact you, our specialist family law experts at Langley Wellington can provide helpful advice and support.

 

Separation

If you are not yet ready to end the marriage but are separating from your spouse, a separation agreement can be formally or informally put in place. Our experienced family lawyers will discuss the various options open to you, and help you decide on how you would like to deal with matters such as children, property, businesses, or investments during the period of separation. A separation agreement can be incorporated into a court order in the event you make the decision to get divorced at a later date.

 

Civil partnership dissolution

Civil partnership dissolution is the legal dissolution of a relationship between same sex couples. There are various steps you will need to follow to apply for a Dissolution Order and our experienced family law team can guide you through the entire process.

 

Divorce and Separation Lawyers Cheltenham and Gloucester

Making the decision to separate, get divorced, or have a civil partnership dissolved, even when the decision is seemingly amicable, can obviously be stressful for all involved and can be a complex process. The earlier you can seek advice, the better. Our family lawyers in Cheltenham and Gloucester will work closely with you, guiding you every step of the way. We will aim to reach a resolution as quickly as possible and try to find a path most likely result in an amicable agreement without the need to involve the courts.

Due to our combined experiences and expertise in matrimonial and family law legal issues, we have the knowledge and expertise to represent clients in divorce, civil-partnership dissolution, and separation, assisting individuals and couples to successfully resolve disputes.  We can also provide guidance on all financial matters or separation agreement issues that arise from the end of those relationships. Our family law lawyers also have wide-ranging experience in all child related issues and can assist in respect of contact and residence disputes between parents, child abduction issues as well as adoption and other care matters involving the local authority.  

Get in Touch

To find out more about our Family Law Services or to speak with our team, call us or enquire online. We have two offices in Cheltenham (01242 264998) and Gloucester (01452 521286) or you can contact us here.

Other Legal Services

We can also provide specialist legal advice on other areas of law that may be relevant when you are dealing with a divorce or separation, such Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Estate Management, and Conveyancing.

Our Fees

You can choose to be charged for the time actually spent on your case, or in suitable cases, we provide a series of fixed-fee packages that can help you better understand what is required for your case and manage the costs. Some of the fixed fee costs we can offer include:

Initial Consultation We can meet with you to provide you with initial advice and to discuss the options and the way forward with regard to your case for a fixed fee of £150 plus VAT for an up to 1-hour consultation.

If you want to start divorce proceedings/dissolution proceedings with regard to a civil partnership. We can deal with your divorce/ dissolution of civil partnership on the basis that it is undefended for a fixed fee of £600 plus VAT and the court fees which are currently £593. The fee covers us meeting with you to take instructions and to prepare the necessary paperwork, we will go on record at court for you and keep you updated by telephone, letter, and email.

Other fixed fee services include:
• Pre-Nuptial/Post Nuptial Agreement £1,500 + VAT
• Cohabitation/Separation Agreements £1,000 + VAT
• Consent Order £850 + VAT

The fee does not cover advice and assistance with regard to issues concerning children, financial matters, or domestic abuse. We are happy to assist in those areas, and can discuss the cost of doing so with you.

If you decide to take up this Fixed Fee Package, then the total sum is payable in advance for starting work.

FAQs

Do both parties have to agree to a divorce?

Following the introduction of the ‘no fault divorce’ in April 2022, parties can apply for a divorce either on a sole basis or a joint basis.

How do I start the divorce process UK?

You can start the divorce process by making a divorce application online. We offer a fixed rate for a procedural divorce for £600 + VAT, and there is a Court fee of £593. This includes making the application through to the conclusion of the divorce when the Court pronounces the Final Order. 

How long does a divorce take?

On average, it takes around 4-6 months to deal with the procedural divorce. However, it usually depends upon the financial matters and at what stage this can be concluded.

How much does divorce cost if both parties agree?

We offer a fixed fee to deal with a procedural divorce. This is £600 + VAT and disbursements if you are the applicant and £400 + VAT if you are the respondent. Many solicitors charge an hourly rate, and you could end up paying in excess of £1000 + VAT and disbursements for your divorce.

What are the stages of divorce?

The process begins by lodging your divorce application with the Court. Thereafter, the respondent will receive an Acknowledgment to complete. Once completed, the applicant can apply for the Conditional Order, and finally, the Final Order will be pronounced, ending the marriage.

What is the new divorce law in UK?

The ‘no fault divorce’ was introduced in April 2022 following many years of discussion and campaigning. This has now removed the need to lay blame at either party’s door and is conducive to a financial settlement and, most importantly, arrangements for the children.

What questions should I ask a solicitor about divorce?

The most common questions relate to process and cost. We will explain the divorce process, whether you are the applicant or the respondent, guide you through the process and deal with it on your behalf for a fixed fee.

How can we help?

Our Fees

You can choose to be charged for the time actually spent on your case, or in suitable cases, we provide a series of fixed-fee packages that can help you better understand what is required for your case and manage the costs. Some of the fixed fee costs we can offer include:

Initial Consultation We can meet with you to provide you with initial advice and to discuss the options and the way forward with regard to your case for a fixed fee of £150 plus VAT for an up to 1-hour consultation.

If you want to start divorce proceedings/dissolution proceedings with regard to a civil partnership. We can deal with your divorce/ dissolution of civil partnership on the basis that it is undefended for a fixed fee of £600 plus VAT and the court fees which are currently £593. The fee covers us meeting with you to take instructions and to prepare the necessary paperwork, we will go on record at court for you and keep you updated by telephone, letter, and email.

Other fixed fee services include:
• Pre-Nuptial/Post Nuptial Agreement £1,500 + VAT
• Cohabitation/Separation Agreements £1,000 + VAT
• Consent Order £850 + VAT

The fee does not cover advice and assistance with regard to issues concerning children, financial matters, or domestic abuse. We are happy to assist in those areas, and can discuss the cost of doing so with you.

If you decide to take up this Fixed Fee Package, then the total sum is payable in advance for starting work.

FAQs

Do both parties have to agree to a divorce?

Following the introduction of the ‘no fault divorce’ in April 2022, parties can apply for a divorce either on a sole basis or a joint basis.

How do I start the divorce process UK?

You can start the divorce process by making a divorce application online. We offer a fixed rate for a procedural divorce for £600 + VAT, and there is a Court fee of £593. This includes making the application through to the conclusion of the divorce when the Court pronounces the Final Order. 

How long does a divorce take?

On average, it takes around 4-6 months to deal with the procedural divorce. However, it usually depends upon the financial matters and at what stage this can be concluded.

How much does divorce cost if both parties agree?

We offer a fixed fee to deal with a procedural divorce. This is £600 + VAT and disbursements if you are the applicant and £400 + VAT if you are the respondent. Many solicitors charge an hourly rate, and you could end up paying in excess of £1000 + VAT and disbursements for your divorce.

What are the stages of divorce?

The process begins by lodging your divorce application with the Court. Thereafter, the respondent will receive an Acknowledgment to complete. Once completed, the applicant can apply for the Conditional Order, and finally, the Final Order will be pronounced, ending the marriage.

What is the new divorce law in UK?

The ‘no fault divorce’ was introduced in April 2022 following many years of discussion and campaigning. This has now removed the need to lay blame at either party’s door and is conducive to a financial settlement and, most importantly, arrangements for the children.

What questions should I ask a solicitor about divorce?

The most common questions relate to process and cost. We will explain the divorce process, whether you are the applicant or the respondent, guide you through the process and deal with it on your behalf for a fixed fee.

Our Family Law Team

The family law team will be happy to speak with you regarding all areas of family law, cohabitation, and child law legal matters.
You can find out more about our team by clicking on the links below.

Contact our Solicitors

Langley Wellington is a forward-thinking law firm acting for clients nationwide. Whatever your legal requirements, we are here to help.

Get in touch with our Solicitors today. Call one of our offices on the numbers provided below, or fill out our contact form here. 

Gloucester Office: 01452 521 286
Cheltenham Office: 01242 269 998