Divorce / Civil Partnership Dissolution

Clarkson Hirst Solicitors

Divorce/Civil Partnership Dissolution is a Court process which brings to an end your marriage/civil partnership. Our family team will guide you through the process in a caring but robust manner. We will look to protect your interests throughout and a/civil partnership to achieve a fair and just settlement. We will advise you on how you resolve the financial arrangements with your spouse/civil partner to ensure where we can your financial security and that of your family.

At our initial 30 minute free interview either by telephone or at an appointment in the office we will outline your rights and the way forward to resolve matters relating to children and the finances. You can be assured of a professional and robust approach from our family law team.

Our family department can act on your behalf in relation to commencing proceedings and taking those proceedings to conclusion in order to formally terminate your marriage/civil partnership.

We prepare a form called a petition, complete this and send it to the Court office to issue proceedings on your behalf. If the case involves children we also complete a form called statement of arrangements for children and send this to the Court. The Court sends the form to the other party involved in the case. The other party should then complete the form and return it to the Court, which will in turn be copied to you. We then prepare a document known as a Statement to provide further required information and a Request for Directions for Trial in order to progress your divorce through the next stage. Once these documents are completed they will be submitted to Court in order that an application may be made for your Decree Nisi. Six weeks after Decree Nisi, provided there are no problems or financial issues, and we do not advise you to delay for any reason, we will make an application on your behalf for the Decree Absolute/final order, which is the document which ends the marriage/civil partnership.

Throughout the case we will advise you as to when any of the steps to progress your divorce/dissolution have been taken. We provide up to two hours of discussion with you by phone, email or in person. In the vast majority of cases, this is more than sufficient to deal with all of the issues arising in relation to the divorce/dissolution itself.

In most cases the divorce/dissolution proceeds without difficulty. In some cases there will be other issues to be resolved and we do charge extra for this additional work. Examples include, works required to trace another party, the other party denying receipt of the papers and needing to be personally served by a bailiff (at your cost) and so on. Any additional costs likely to be incurred will be relayed to you and will not be incurred without your authority.