Compare Divorce Solicitors in South Shields
An introduction to divorce
Whether you are looking to start a divorce or respond to a petition filed by your husband or wife, a qualified South Shields family and divorce lawyer can be an essential legal advisor in helping to protect your interests and assets. A lawyer can ensure that your circumstances are taken care of as adeptly as it possibly can be, especially if there are children or dependents. Legal costs normally run from approximately £155 to £275 p/h, sometimes more where 1 partner is not a UK citizen.
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Initiating a divorce
Courts can only conduct a divorce petition where certain criteria are met which include; an affair.
For more advice on how to file for divorce with a South Shields family lawyer, read here.
How to respond to the divorce petition
The "respondent", the person who has been sent divorce proceedings, should arrange their own legal representation. Your lawyer will review the petition and can help the respondent to plan and send their response in the correct manner.
Are the contents of the petition accurate?
You should check the accuracy of all information in the petition, whether it is a draft version or document filed with the Court. The information contained in the petition is largely straightforward, including the parties' addresses and dates of birth, but the Statements of Case should be checked thoroughly. If you disagree with something in the petition, you can notify your spouse's lawyer of the correction. You can also file a formal Answer and Cross-Petition with the Court to defend the petition. Your solicitor can assist with the formal process of defending a petition if necessary.
What do you need to do as a respondent?
You will also receive an Acknowledge of Service document to complete, in addition to the petition itself. This is a formality to confirm that you have received the petition and agree with its contents. If you do not agree with the reasons given for the divorce, you can opt to defend the case or ask for the petition to be corrected.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it risky to cite unreasonable behaviour as the reason for a divorce?
It is recommended that both sides talk through the contents of a divorce petition informally first, before drafting a final version. This can help to avoid any arguments when the details of the "unreasonable behaviour" are printed in the formal petition.
How do I know how much maintenance to pay?
The parents' income and the number of children are some of the factors considered when calculating maintenance payments. The Child Maintenance Service offer an online calculator to work out these payments.
How much does the divorce cost ?
Court fees are £550 and legal costs involved run from about £165 to £290 (per hour).
Who should I notify about the divorce ?
It varies on your circumstances, e.g. employers, pensions etc.
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