There has been much speculation in the media about the recent introduction of divorce “centres” in England and Wales. Recent newspaper articles have said that the new system makes getting divorced as easy as obtaining a TV licence. This isn’t the case.
The grounds for divorce and the divorce procedure have not changed. What has changed is that instead of sending your divorce paperwork to a local County Court to be checked by a Judge, you will instead send your divorce papers to one of the designated divorce centres where the paperwork will be checked by a more junior divorce specialist. We have one of these divorce centres in our region at Bury St. Edmunds.
It is hoped that the use of divorce centres will mean that the Judges spend less time dealing with relatively straightforward divorce paperwork, giving them more time to deal with more complex issues such as finances or children disputes.
You may feel that you are able to deal with the divorce proceedings yourself without involving a solicitor. If you do, it is important that consideration is given to financial matters, even if you do not have many assets at the time of your divorce. Whilst the divorce process legally ends you marriage, it does not legally end your financial obligations to each other and it remains open for your ex-spouse to make financial claims against you in the future. So, if you win or inherit money or buy a property with a new partner, these things may not be protected and your ex-spouse could still ask the Court several years after divorce for a share of them. It is possible to prevent this by having a Court Order made at the time of your divorce, which a solicitor can advise you about.
Our divorce lawyers have many years of experience and will ensure that you receive appropriate advice and practical support during this difficult time, no matter what your situation. This will include advice on how to get divorced, the timescale and costs and the implications for financial arrangements and also any children’s arrangements.
How can our team of family solicitors help you?
If you would like more information about divorce proceedings or financial matters, you can arrange a meeting with one of our family lawyers at our offices in Ipswich, Felixstowe or Hadleigh by calling 01473 211121 or visit our website http://www.gotelee.co.uk/personal-services/divorce.