14 January, 2010
It depends on which Court you issue out of, but generally, a normal divorce takes between 5 - 6 months.
The Court fees are currently £300 issue fee and £40 absolute fee. The Solicitors fees will vary from firm to firm but are generally around £400 - £600 plus vat. This is purely for the divorce however and will not cover any extra work involving finances or children issues. You may be eligible for legal aid and you will need to discuss this with your Solicitor.
Since 1968 there has only been one ground, irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. However to prove this, you can rely on one of five grounds. These are adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, separation for two years when the other party agrees, or separation for five years when they don't.
No you do not - but it is a good idea to try and resolve all issues as soon and as amicably as possible. If you ignore the financial issues and divorce, then re marry, you may lose the right to have the matrimonial finances reviewed by the Court. Many people don't realise that your ex could make a claim against your estate after you die if this hasn't been resolved. There are special rules and a claim won't be successful in every case but it is wise to get an agreement on finances and obtain an Order (this is possible by consent).
As with the finances, it is a good idea to try to do so. To obtain your divorce you have to show that the arrangements for the children are satisfactory or the best given your circumstances. You can apply for orders relating to the children, but the Court is reluctant to get involved unless it has to. You would have to show why it is impossible to agree.
No, but if the marriage certificate is in another language, you will need to obtain a translation.