Divorce / Separation & Dissolution Proceedings

Family Law

Specialist Divorce Lawyers To Advise and Guide In Difficult Times

The divorce lawyers at Hopkins Law are some of the most respected and experienced in the UK. We strive to resolve family disputes in a conciliatory manner by negotiated agreement. However, where court proceedings are necessary, we have the expertise to run such cases decisively and effectively.

From the 6th April 2022 there will be a new on-line procedure to obtain a divorce.  The process will take at least 26 weeks and will be carried out on line with the ability to have a no fault divorce which couples can jointly apply for.

We Have Expertise In Dealing With Dissolution Proceedings of Civil Partnerships

Separation Solicitors Who Look After Your Best Interests

When a couple separates there are various provisions for dealing with the complications regarding financial matters, property and children. It is therefore essential to obtain advice to make you aware of the legal implications of your situation.

There are many misconceptions regarding the separation of married and cohabiting couples. At Hopkins Law, our specialist separation lawyers will run through your situation and your options, bringing you a better understanding of the steps you may wish to take.

Reasons you may consider contacting Hopkins Law regarding separation
Your spouse may have decided to separate from you
You may feel that a short break may benefit your marriage to enable reconciliation in the future
A cooling off period – breathing space
You and your partner are not ready to divorce or are not able to
You may already be living separate lives
You may view it as a stepping stone to divorce – or you suspect it’s the intention of your spouse

Hopkins Divorce Lawyers

Accepted Grounds For Divorce

The only ground for a divorce is the permanent break down of marriage. Under the old law, it was necessary for the applicant to prove fault by evidencing adultery, desertion, separation for either two years if divorce is agreed, or five years, or unreasonable behaviour.

From April 2022, there will no longer be a requirement for the party to prove fault, and they will instead need to make a statement of irretrievable breakdown of marriage or a joint statement, if both parties have applied for a divorce.

Fixed Fee Divorces

For privately paying clients seeing one of our selected specialist solicitors, we charge £900 plus VAT and disbursements (including court fees) for a straightforward divorce with no ancillary issues involving children and/or finances or other complicating factors.

In all cases the court will charge a petition fee (currently £593 ) unless you are in receipt of benefits or have a low income, in which case you may be eligible for a fee exemption for all or part of the court fees.

If you find yourself in any of the above situations or your partner has sought a divorce then it’s time for expert legal advice – we can advise you on your situation and your options.

Frequently Asked Questions

By completing an Application online.

There is only one ground for Divorce that being that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. An Applicant can apply or couples can agree to file a no fault Application.

You must both have your permanent homes in England or Wales when the Application is commenced or

You must both be living in England or Wales when the petition is started or

You must both have had your last home in England or Wales and one of you must still be resident here when the Application is started or

You or your spouse must be living in England or Wales when the Application is started or

You must have been living in England or Wales for at least a year on the day the Application was started or

You must have your permanent home in England or Wales and have been here for at least six months on the day the Application is started.

No – provided either of you satisfy the residence requirements as set out above.

You may have to pay a Court fee to issue the Application and to apply for the Divorce Order. You may not have to pay the Court fee or only a contribution to the Court fee depending on your circumstances. For further information or to apply for a fee concession, download form EX160A at www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk.

You can contact the office of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the District in which you were married. You will have to pay a fee and they will let you know how much it is.

You will need to have this translated by an expert who will swear / affirm that the translation is accurate.

You can start your Application online at www.gov.uk

No – only those who still need your care and financial support because of their age and circumstances. The Court will be concerned with any child who was born to you and your spouse or who has been treated by you as though they were born to you who is under 16 years of age or between 16 and 18 and still at college or full time school. These children are referred to ‘as children of the family’ and include children you have both adopted but does not include foster children.

No – the financial matters do not need to be agreed but it is very wise to do so especially as you may lose the right in certain circumstances to have your financial situation considered by the Court.

Yes – provided you lead completely separate lives whilst under the same roof eg, you sleep in separate bedrooms, carry out your own domestic duties, cook, eat socialise etc separately.

An undefended Divorce will no take at least 26 weeks.

A postal or e-mail address can be used for service. If you cannot find out from asking family and friends you may need to engage the services of a tracing agent. We can assist you in this regard. There will be a fee payable and the amount will depend on the individual circumstances.

You can carry out a search of the Central Index of Decree Absolutes at the Principal Registry of the Family Division. There is a Court fee payable.

Yes – please email us for further details.

How Can We Help You?

We also offer consultations in Welsh and French.

Applying for various court orders can be extremely stressful for any individual, especially for me, regarding my difficult personal circumstances at the time. However, when appointing Sally, ALL the stress and worry were immediately taken away. I was able to relax & have faith in her for the entirety of the court application process. Forever grateful for getting the job done so quickly & efficiently.

– S

Sally Testimonial

I just wanted to say a very special thank you to you. You have been so amazing and helpful the past 18 months getting me through such a hard time. I remember coming to you in January 2020, being an absolute state and you have been nothing but kind to me. 
I wish you all the best and thank you. You’ll never know how your kindness helped. 

Family Testimonial

Just a quick message to thank you and the team for your help and guidance! You were all fantastic!!

S F Testimonial

Hi Michelle,

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the work
you’re doing on my case and to send my kind regards.
I feel over the moon with the progress. I’ve got a
different head on my shoulders and feel so confident in
Hopkins Law and yourself.

Thanks

Michelle Jones Testimonial

I have previously emailed about how amazing Sally was during my divorce which settled in December of last year.
Following a recent issue with my ex husband not abiding by the agreement reached in relation to our daughter’s university accommodation I had to call upon her help again and just wanted to take the time to say how fantastic she has been.
Sally is truly an asset to your firm, professional yet personable and just a wonderful person to deal with when facing testing times.
I have always had the utmost faith and confidence in her and her advice and she has taken so much pressure away from me (and my daughter) over the last 2.5 years.
I cannot thank her enough and in a world where we’re all too quick to point out errors feel it’s important to commend those who go above and beyond, of which she is such a person.
I’m sure you already know this about her but I just wanted to say thank you once again. She’s a star and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone finding themselves in the position I have been in.
I am more than happy for my comments to be shared/used. Thank you Sally, hopefully this will now be the end of it (again), but I wouldn’t hesitate to either recommend her or return should the need ever arise.

S H Testimonial

To discuss any aspect of divorce law with an expert divorce solicitor, please contact us