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Divorce Proceedings

Divorce Proceedings

We understand that the breakdown of any relationship is an upsetting and emotional time for all parties involved.  Our team will be sympathetic and sensitive to your situation and we will assist you to achieve a swift and painless resolution of your differences.

It is important to separate the process of divorce from the issues of your children and finances, which will be dealt with separately by the Court.  We offer a mediation service to advise you on the practical arrangements for your children, property, possessions and most importantly, your future.  We will also advise you on complex financial cases including business interests, property disputes and child maintenance so you achieve the best outcome.

Do I need a new Will?

Yes.  If you don’t have a Will and die before the divorce is made final, your estranged spouse will receive a substantial legacy.  If you already have a Will you should review it.  It may no longer accurately reflect your wishes.

How much does it cost?

The fee payable to the Court for starting divorce proceedings is £550.  We will have considered whether you are eligible for legal aid and, if you are, you may not have to pay these fees, provided you complete a fee exemption form for the Court.  We offer a fixed price divorce at £500 including VAT and you will have to pay the Court fees as above.

When can I get a divorce?

Once you have been married for one year.

Do I need to explain why I want a divorce?

Yes.  In order to obtain a divorce you need to demonstrate to the Court that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.  To do this you need to rely on one of the following supporting ‘facts’:

  • That your spouse has behaved in such a way that it would be unreasonable for you to continue living with them
  • That your spouse has committed adultery
  • That you and your spouse have lived apart for two years and agree to divorce
  • That your spouse deserted you at least two years ago
  • That you and your spouse have lived apart for at least five years, whether or not you both agree to divorce

What happens next?

We will write to your spouse and explain that you are seeking a divorce and on what grounds in the hope that these can be agreed to reduce conflict at a later stage.

You will need to provide us with your marriage certificate and we will then draft a divorce petition.

Once you have checked and signed the divorce petition, we will send two copies to the Court, who will keep one set, and will send the other set to your spouse within about ten days.  Your spouse then has 14 days to return to the Court an Acknowledgement of Service form, which the Court will then send to us.

You will need to sign a statement, which is evidence to the Court that what you have said about your marriage is true.  We will check the documents again to make sure nothing has changed.

If your spouse doesn’t return the acknowledgement form, we need to prove to the Court that they know about the divorce.  If this happens we will advise you further because this could delay the divorce.

A District Judge considers the Petition and if satisfied will write to us about the date when Decree Nisi will be made.  This is normally within a month.  The law provides two decrees to allow your spouse the chance to appeal.  You must wait six weeks before we send the Court a request to obtain your final divorce decree (decree absolute).  At this point you are single and free to remarry if you wish.  However, you can stop proceedings at any time before Decree Absolute.

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Friendly, fast and efficient. Sale of property went very well.

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I’ve rated my experience with Williamson’s solicitors as excellent. My case was handled by Mr. Gordon Sewell. Mr. Sewell was very quick to get to work on my case, as was necessary at the time. Everything he did for me was thorough and made sure I had every chance in my case. Everything Mr Sewell did for me turned out a success and I couldn’t have been happy with the way he dealt with myself, could communicated with myself and dealt with the case in its entirety. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Williamson’s solicitors again should I require it and would recommend their services to anyone. In fact, I already have since my experience! Thanks again Gordon.

Dom W

Recently used Williamsons Solicitors as part of a remortgage and some other matters. Can't fault their service at all. Carey dealt with my file and was polite, professional and informative from beginning to end. Always kept me up to speed with progress. I would highly recommend them.

Mrs Margaret W

Excellent service with a friendly face

Mr Martin a

Was very happy with the service given by Williamsons solicitors who dealt with the probate of a friends will and also the selling of her property. Especially Diane Ramsden whose help was invaluable.

Anonymous

Williamsons took on my case following the collapse of another Hull legal practice. Despite them having to pick up a large amount of work already completed by others, they worked tirelessly to ensure the correct outcome for me. I cannot recommend this company highly enough, they go above and beyond the norm to make sure their clients are treated fairly.

Anonymous

We used Williamsons for selling and buying a property, we found Jane Cousins and her assistant Sam Pollard to be pleasant, professional and efficient. Lisa on reception downstairs was particularly helpful and polite. Thank you to you all.

Mr J G

Avery good service with very professional and knowledgeable staff.

Anonymous

Brilliant, thank you for helping me make this process easier.

Mr G B

I would recommend Williamson’s to any potential client. From the onset I was supported throughout a very difficult conveyance and my solicitor was very professional at all times. It is advisable to engage the services of a local company and not one advised by online estate agencies. Very competitive pricing too. Thank you Williamson’s.

Mr and Mrs Overall

Very helpful quick excellent service Have dealt with both Jenny Holloway and Emma Hudson in the past and on each occasion have found them both excellent and would recommend them both to any future clients Thank you once again for your excellent professional service

Mr C P

Brilliant communication and a first class effort despite a Rocky move, Jenny and Emma at the Hull city centre branch where fantastic.

Ms A

Very helpful and attentive, would definitely recommend Samantha/Jane of Williamsons sollicitors

Sue L

Our solicitor Carey Robinson was at all times helpful and professional, nothing was too much trouble. I would not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family.

Barbara C

I have used Williamsons Solicitors twice this year - for obtaining probate and for the sale of a leasehold flat and on both occasions I have found Williamsons to be extremely efficient and speedy. They were very knowledgeable and kept me well informed at all times. Any queries I had were answered promptly and all advice given was accurate and most helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Williamsons to anyone in need of a first class, reliable and customer friendly solicitor. Thank you for making a traumatic situation as stress free as possible.

Mrs B O

Very apprehensive at the start. From the first contact with Williamsons they were reassuring. Kept up tpdate with the whole process , guided and informed from the start. Pleased with the outcome and my special thanks especially to Mr. Smith and his team Betty Osborn.

Mr Neil P

Great service and always kept up to date with everything, felt i was given the personal touch and not just a client, I used Williamsons to sort out my late fathers estate in which he left in such a mess, and also the sale of a house I will recommend to others and certainly use again Thanks Neil x

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