Divorce / Dissolution of Civil Partnership

Once you have been married for one year you can pursue a divorce.

The sole ground for divorce is that your marriage has irretrievably broken down and the facts that can be relied on are:-

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable Behaviour
  • Two Years’ Separation by consent
  • Five Years’ Separation
  • Desertion

Regrettably the concept of no fault divorce has not yet found itself to this country but our team of experts at Prince Family law will assist you in adopting the right approach in the least confrontational manner.

We offer a fixed fee package for an uncontested divorce of £500.00 plus VAT plus Court fees and within that service we provide and complete all the paperwork from initiating the divorce to obtaining your Decree Absolute.

Civil Partnership Dissolution

Prior to same sex marriage becoming legal in England in March 2014 same sex couples could enter into a Civil Partnership. Expert legal advice is required to bring to an end a Civil Partnership as the process is the same as for divorce. At Prince Family Law we do not underestimate the difficulty in deciding to end a Civil Partnership and it is important for you to know your rights in relation to financial matters and children when reaching that decision.

It is also possible to convert a Civil Partnership to a marriage and we are here to offer advice on that.

International Aspects

It is essential to seek immediate legal advice regarding dissolving marriage where there is an international element. It may be crucial to the outcome of the proceedings for the Divorce Petition to be issued in the correct jurisdiction. At Prince Family Law we have substantial experience of dealing with cases with an international element and would strongly urge you to contact one of our team to discuss your options at the earliest opportunity.

Annulment

Whilst very rarely used it is possible to annul a marriage. Annulment is a process by which a Court can state that a marriage never legally existed based on mental illness, fraud, forced consent, physical incapacity to consummate the marriage, lack of consent to underage marriage or bigamy. Due to what can be a lengthy and expensive procedure, clients often decide that divorce is the most simple option, in rare cases annulment is the only way forward and we can offer expert advice if required.

Judicial Separation

In some cases for example due to religious reasons or the fact that your marriage is of less than one year’s duration another option is Judicial Separation. The procedure is similar to divorce with one of the parties presenting a Judicial Separation Petition but there is no requirement to show that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. A Decree of Judicial Separation is a Court Order under which the couple remain legally married but their normal marital obligations cease and they no longer have to live together.

If you feel judicial separation may be appropriate please contact our expert team at Prince Family Law who will discuss your options with you.

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David Prince
David Prince
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David founded Prince Family Law in 2005 having previously spent 17 years as a family law partner with a leading…

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Sarah has practiced family law since 1995 and trained at a large city practice. Sarah specialises in all aspects of …

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Claire joined Prince Family Law in 2013 following 9 years at a prominent South Yorkshire Law firm, working at offices …
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