Divorce (Joint Application) Package
Divorce is a legal process ending the contract of marriage. At the end of your Divorce you will no longer be married.
You should be aware, at the start of your case, that a divorce will not deal with the division of your house, assets, income, pensions etc. or the future arrangements for your children.
What does “No Fault” mean?
From the 6 th April 2022 the law of England & Wales changed to take away the blame from our divorce system. Now a person applying for divorce is simply required to confirm to the court that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. There is no longer a need to provide supporting evidence of behaviour or separation.
This package is suitable for people who both want to instruct the same solicitor to make a joint application on their behalf.
If you instruct us to deal with a joint application for a divorce, neither you, nor your spouse, will be able to instruct us to deal with your matrimonial finances or arrangements for your children going forward. The reason for this is that there is always the possibility that a conflict will arise between you. If a conflict arose, one of you may need advice that is not necessarily in the best interests of the other. This is why, in the majority of cases, spouses each have their own representation. Even if you have no assets to divide it is important that you obtain a "clean break" from your spouse in a financial sense, simply divorcing is not enough.
You should consider before choosing this package, if you would like either advice or representation in respect of finances or child matters from us, as this package will not be appropriate for you. Instead, one of you should instruct us as a “Sole Applicant” or, if you still want to apply jointly for a divorce, one of you could instruct us as either Applicant 1 or Applicant 2. This way, we can advise, whichever one of you instructs us, with regard to your financial settlement and/or children.
Alternatively, if you do want to instruct us to act for you both jointly in the divorce, you would each need to find different solicitors to assist you with your finances and/or children matters. This would be likely to increase your costs further.
If, during the joint process, one of you decided that you no longer wanted to issue the divorce jointly, the application can be changed to a sole application. However, if this is the case, you may both then have to seek separate legal representation if a conflict arises, or you would both have to agree who is to continue to instruct us and who will seek a new lawyer. In this situation, no refund would be given.
What your Divorce Package includes:-
- Legal advice and support. This includes up to one hour remote attendance.
- Advice and guidance on the Divorce Application that will be filed by your spouse at court.
- Preparation of the Answer for a person Responding or completing the Applicant for Applicant 2. Filing the paperwork with the court.
- Advising you about the pronouncement of the Conditional Order and the final order (formally the decree absolute).
- Telephone calls, emails and letters to/from you, your spouses' solicitor and the court.
Legal Fees £950.00
Court Fees £593.00