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Divorce Day and Online Petitions

Posted on 7th January, 2019

The first working Monday after the festive period is sometimes referred to as “Divorce Day” due to a spike in relationship breakdowns over the Christmas break.   Relationships which are already struggling can crack with the added pressures the holiday can bring.  These pressures may include financial, emotional, children, in-laws and sometimes spill into domestic abuse.

The Family Court now offers an online divorce service and reports that over 23,000 people have issued a divorce online, including 13 petitions filed on Christmas Day 2018.   Divorcing couples may feel this is the least expensive way forward.   However, there are pitfalls to be avoided in the divorce process and you should get advice even if you choose to use the online process.    The divorce decree absolute does not terminate the financial obligations between you and your spouse.   Nor does it resolve issues regarding children.  Failure to tick the right box on the petition could lead to financial loss in years to come.   Also, even if you do not believe there are any relevant finances in the marriage, seek advice before the Decree Absolute is granted to make sure you do not miss out.

Our experienced family solicitors will work with you on a one to one basis and guide you through the legal process to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome for your case, with practical advice about the process and experienced input in relation to the next steps, none of which can be provided by the Court website.  Online information can be confusing and contradictory.   It is important to remember that divorcing online does not resolve issues relating to children and domestic abuse and these are also areas where you should obtain advice.

Jacksons’ Family Team recognises the challenges of the divorce process.  Our friendly and supportive solicitors and  staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience in advising and representing separating spouses at this most challenging of times.

In recognition of this fact, subject to availability, we are pleased to confirm that we can represent you in obtaining a divorce on an uncontested basis for just £500.00 plus VAT* and Court fee**.  Dependent upon your income, we may also be able to assist you in applying for a fee remission for the Court fee.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss this further, please contact our offices as follows:

Heather Snowdon – 01642 873745

Emma Canham – 0191 2069621

NB:

*   This rate is for a standard uncontested divorce, not including financial settlement.
** The court fee for a divorce petition is currently £550.  This fee is set by the Court and
reviewed periodically.

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