Divorce Solicitors In Brighton
Divorce Solicitors Brighton – We understand that divorce can be a stressful, emotional and overwhelming experience. Our Brighton-based divorce solicitors are experts in all resolving issues arising from divorce and always strive to give comprehensive advice with compassion, understanding and sensitivity. We are praised by clients for being ‘superb, experienced, efficient but with a human touch’, and we couple our first-class legal advice with a personal approach.
What Is The Process For Getting A Divorce?
The divorce process involves the following steps:
- Filing for divorce
You can apply for a divorce by yourself or make a joint application with your spouse. The application must contain a statement declaring that your marriage has irretrievably broken down.
- Responding to a divorce application
If your spouse has filed for divorce, you will be sent a copy of their application and have 14 days to confirm receipt with an ‘Acknowledgment of Service’ form. You can then go on to agree to the divorce or dispute it. Under the new divorce laws, you can only dispute a divorce in very limited circumstances such as if the English courts do not have jurisdiction.
- Cooling off
Once a divorce application has been issued, there is a ‘cooling off’ period of 20 weeks. During this time, a couple can reflect on whether reconciliation might be possible or try to reach an agreement over issues such as financial settlements and where their children will live.
- Conditional order
At the end of the cooling-off period, you can apply to the Court for a ‘Conditional Order’. This document does not mean that you are divorced, merely that the Court considers that you are entitled to a divorce.
- Final Order
At least 6 weeks from the date of the Conditional Order, you can apply for a Final Order. This is the document which will legally end your marriage.
Our specialist Brighton-based divorce solicitors will guide you through each stage of the divorce procedure, ensuring you understand the process and providing all necessary support at what we know can be a challenging time.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Divorce?
Taking into account the time limits and cooling off period, a straightforward divorce can in theory be completed in around 7 months. The length of time it takes to finalise a divorce can, however, vary greatly depending on the issues which need to be resolved, their complexity and whether the parties can reach an agreement or need to go to Court. Our expert divorce solicitors will keep you updated at every stage of the process and ensure you are swiftly advised about any developments.
What Services Can Our Divorce Solicitors In Brighton Provide?
Our divorce solicitors advise clients not only here in Brighton but all over the world on all elements of divorce law and procedure. Our family law solicitors will support you with every aspect of your divorce. Examples of the matters they can assist you with include –
- Advising on your options concerning issues such as where your children will live and access rights;
- Resolving the financial issues arising from your divorce; these may include what will happen to the family home, how assets should be split and any maintenance payments;
- Liaising with your spouse’s legal advisors;
- Considering and advising on the methods available to help you reach agreement with your partner, such as mediation;
- Guiding you through the divorce procedures;
- Preparing and lodging all relevant documentation at Court.
What Should I Consider When Looking For A Divorce Solicitor In Brighton?
When choosing a divorce solicitor in Brighton, you should look for someone who not only has the requisite legal expertise but also takes a client-focused approach to the issues. Our solicitors have a proud one-hundred-year history of advising clients on all legal aspects of divorce. We are highly skilled and have a detailed understanding of the divorce process and Court procedures. Our extensive experience in the field enables us to consider the issues arising from your divorce on a practical as well as a legal level and give sensible, effective advice.
We strive to be responsive, approachable and empathetic. We are praised for our excellent client care with clients telling us how they feel ‘looked after’ by our ‘fantastic’ solicitors. From the initial meeting, either at our offices in Brighton or elsewhere, our divorce solicitors take the time to get to know you and ensure we fully understand your concerns and priorities. We will keep in regular touch with you throughout your divorce and work tirelessly to reach a favourable solution in the least acrimonious way.
How Much Will A Divorce Solicitor In Brighton Cost?
The costs involved in any matter will depend on the time required to address the issues effectively. Our policy is to give top-quality, accessible legal advice in the most cost-effective way. We are always upfront and transparent about billing and ensure that you understand how you will be charged from the outset. We will provide regular fee estimates, updates and breakdowns and address any particular concerns quickly and comprehensively.