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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 £720 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.

We have a very experience team of Divorce Solicitors. 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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Terry G

I carnt thank Williamson solicitors enough for what they have done for us and expecially nick gray who as been brilliant with us Thank you

Mr and Mrs Scott

As always Jane Cousins has done an amazing job for us, Jane always goes that extra mile and I would never use anyone else….we buy and sell a lot, and she always gives us piece of mind… The only downside is …think we should have a loyalty card with Williamson cos we my daughter is using you now and friends who we have told…. We would have a gold card by now 😂😂 Thanks again Jane and thanks to Emily and Sam …jan and Ian Scott..

Peter E

I was given excellent legal advice through every step of the claim and was always kept informed throughout the entire process. My special thanks to Yana Byelova whose legal expertise and guidance helped reach a satisfactory conclusion to a very complex and strenuous case. If I or any of my family and friends are in need of legal assistance I will most definitely recommend using Williamson solicitors.

Paul P

Helpful,explained the process in terms a layman could understand which was especially useful with medical terminology and not just the legal.I am very pleased with the professional service i received and would have no hesitation in recommending Williamson’s Solicitors to anyone or using them again should the need arise.Thankyou Sarah Jackson for what you have done for me.

Neil S

Honestly, can’t really say much about “Willismsons” as a whole, but regarding our solicitor, Sarah Jackson, I only have the upmost respect and gratitude. What was an extremely difficult time for us, was handled with care, compassion and total professionalism. Sarah is aware about how I felt she looked after us, and I would not hesitate to recommend her/you to anyone in need of assistance, with a gentle hand and assured advice. Can’t thank her/you enough. Neil Shepherdson.

S K

Very helpful and supportive company. Explained everythign very well and always happy to take the time to talk.

Barbara A

I highly recommend Yana Byelova who dealt with my personal accident claim. From my first contact she kept me informed at every stage and patiently and clearly explained anything I didn't understand. Yana is professional, courteous and supportive. I am pleased with the settlement of my claim.

Adele L

Fantastic from start to finish with Jane and her colleagues. Constant communication and available to answer any questions I had via telephone or email. Thanks all.

Mike C

We were selling my late father-in-law‘s house and, as we live 200 miles away and have no close family in Hull, we needed a solicitor who was reliable. We chose Williamsons (a) because both of my in-laws had used them for their wills and (b) because the reviews on this website were positive. We are delighted with the conveyancing service which we received from Jane, Emily and Samantha; the phone was always answered promptly, courteously and professionally, and both telephoned and emailed questions were also dealt with quickly and fully. Their letters and emails were well-written, unambiguous and comprehensive. We did not need to visit their offices, except to collect my father-in-law’s will. Our house-sale went smoothly, but I was confident that they could be relied on if there had been any problems. We feel that the service we received was excellent value for money. No hesitation in recommending Williamsons for conveyancing work.

Denise H

Sarah Jackson was always approachable, helpful and understanding, explained everything as things progressed in a way I could understand. Would highly recommend very efficient.

Mary H

Williamson solicitors represented me in my clinical Negligence Claim . On my behalf Arranged Consultation Opinion/Report from Various Medical Experts . As well as as The opinion and Guidance of a Excellent Barrister. Mr Nick Gray my solicitor was bouth Personable and Professional His Expertise Navigating me through a very Stressful difficult period ,His communication with me , his regular update as well as Committement to my Case were Exelente. All the said incredibly important to me as The Client /Patient. My Solicitor and Barrister were Effectively My Voice. A settlement Was reached for me. This has given me and my Family Peace of mind for the future. Kind regard and prayer. Mary Habarek.

Gary C

I contacted Williamsons Solicitors at the beginning of 2019 with regards to a serious injury to upper limb whilst on duty. I assessed the market for Personal Injury Solicitors and the reviews, client engagement studies and performances based against several major law firms including the "large specialist one in Sheffield" and based upon a variety of performance levels I decided to go with Williamsons. I made contact with them, provided a brief report as to my circumstance and awaited a solicitor to make contact. That was when I was contacted by Yana. It became very clear from day one that I was indeed in good capable hands and so began the case. All information and scene evidence was provided and after a very short period of time the solicitors received a statement from the other party accepting full responsibility. Together we worked on the claim and Yana left me in no doubt that I could sit back, spend my time getting my injuries repaired and recover without any undue worries, right up to the final moments of the claim, I left everything in Yana's more than capable hands and we have had a very good outcome. I hope I never have to use the services of a Personal Injury Solicitors again, however If I did have to use one again then Williamsons is the first choice, so long as Yana is still there.

Mr Leech

I have dealt with williamsons solicitors before and would recommend them unreservedly to anyone ,they are friendly ,efficient, very professional and they get the job done ,all the staff are courteous and nothing is too much trouble . I also really like the fact that hard copies of documents I required where posted to me rather than being emailed once again thank you for a first class service in these difficult times

Lily

Thank you so much Karen for all you did for my family and keeping me and my daughter together. Like also thank you for all your support, understanding and patience. I could get anyone better and experienced than you. Thank you so much.

Eleni N

Great service.Made sure we were aware of what was going on.Friendly and professional people.

Mrs A E

used Williamsons to do a house purchase and a will. they are not the cheapest but did a good job and got the sale through when they said they would. Would recommend.

Benjamin B

Absolutely amazing team! Great help from start to finish and the result was better than expected. Highly recommended.

Linda J

I found Williamsons kept us informed all the way through our claim . I could always speak to someone regarding any queries . The result of the claim was handled efficiently and was very successful .

Judith H

I am very impressed with Williamsons Solicitors. After initial set backs with a Barrister who was not willing to proceed (in his estimation our case did not have enough of a chance of winning) Williamsons did not give up and advised they had approached another Barrister who agreed that our case was good and should be pursued. Williamsons gathered information and evidence very diligently and to good effect - we won our case. If Williamsons had not persisted our case would have fallen at the first hurdle - we are glad we took their advice.

Julie T

I have received an excellent service from Yana Byelova who has been dealing with my claim. Even though these difficult times she has kept us informed every step of the way.

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