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HRS Divorce Solicitors

Whether you are thinking about a separation or divorce, sorting out the finances or resolving disputes that come from a break up, HRS Family Law Solicitors can guide you through the whole process to make it as easy as possible. 

We Are Expert Divorce Solicitors

HRS Family Law Solicitors are one of the largest specialist divorce solicitors and family law firms in the Midlands. Over the past two decades we have helped tens of thousands of people separate from their partner quickly and with minimum fuss. We believe everyone should have access to the best legal advice which is why we offer all clients access to payment plans, fixed fee divorces, and where appropriate, legal aid. So no matter your background or situation we can help you divorce from your partner quickly and with minimal fuss. If you’d like to know more about our divorce services take a look at our Case Studies or our FAQs below. Or to see what other people think check out our reviews.

How we can help…

Getting a divorce can be complicated. Alongside all of the emotional difficulty there are endless forms, paperwork and legal terms to get to grips with. HRS Family Law Solicitors use our decades of experience and close proximity to the court to take all of the fuss out of getting divorced. Our expert divorce solicitors advise you on the best course of action for your case. They fill out all paperwork on your behalf, negotiate favourable arrangements, and ensure your side is represented strongly in court.

If you are thinking about getting a divorce and need someone to talk to, we offer a free first interview to all our clients. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you want without obligation. Ask us about:

  • How a divorce works
  • How to sort out the matrimonial finances
  • How to arrange maintenance
  • How to keep the former matrimonial home
  • Arranging the best Child Support possible
  • Separation agreements
  • Fixed Fee Divorce packages
  • Collaborative Law

Divorce Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a fixed fee service?

Yes! If you and your partner both agree for the need to divorce we offer a fixed fee divorce service which is affordable and will bring the process to a close as quickly as possible. Just ask your solicitor about our fixed fee options at your first free interview. 

Do you offer a 'quickie' divorce?

We see lots of online lawyers offering ‘quickie’ divorces online. The truth is there is no such thing as a quickie divorce but there is a nightmare one.  Make no mistakes because if you do the seemingly straightforward process can quickly become a quagmire. However, if you and your partner both agree to a divorce we can offer you a fixed fee divorce service and use our proximity to the courts to speed things up by hand delivering all paperwork and chasing things up for you in person. We complete most divorces in 6-9 months. 

I caused the marriage to break down. Can I divorce on the basis of irreconcilable differences?

In order to get divorced you need to prove that the marriage has irretrievably broken down by proving 1 of 5 facts, adultery, unreasonable, behaviour, desertion for a period of 2 years, separation for a period of 2 years with the other spouse’s consent or separation for 5 years. You cannot use your own adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion as a reason for getting divorced. Therefore, you will either need to use your separation as a reason, or, if that’s not possible, you will need to arrange with your former partner for them to apply for the divorce. Book a first free appointment today and we can run through different options and scenarios for you.

Can I get legal aid for divorce?

You can get legal aid in very limited circumstances. You will need to prove that you are a victim of domestic abuse and your income and capital is below the prescribed limited by the Legal Aid Agency. Book a first free appointment with us today and we will carry out a legal aid check on your behalf.

Can I ask my spouse to pay for the divorce?

Yes you can apply for them to pay the full costs or partial costs of the divorce. This is known as a costs order. Whether or not your application for a costs order is accepted is up to the Judge. During the process, a Judge will decide whether or not to grant you an order that your spouse pays your legal fees. The Judge will look at the reasons for divorce and your spouse’s financial position when making a decision. If a costs order is granted, this becomes enforceable when decree absolute (the final decree) is granted.

Should I make a Will when I am separated from my spouse?

Absolutely. It is always advisable to update your Will if you are no longer in a relationship with your spouse and want to change the beneficiaries in your Will. Once your final decree is issued, your old will mentioning your former spouse will become invalid. We can help you renew your will as part of the divorce process to make sure all your assets go to the right people. Book a first free appointment today and a lawyer can talk you through our packages.

Does to the court deal with child arrangements as part of the divorce process?

No. The court will deal only with the dissolution of the marriage. A separated or divorced couple can apply to the family court for a child arrangements order if there are issues regarding where the children should live or spend time.

How long does a divorce take?

This depends on how responsive your former partner is to a divorce and which method of divorce you are applying for. So long as you meet all the legal criteria for getting a divorce, and your former spouse agrees, the whole process can be as quick as six months. If you don’t meet these criteria then the divorce may take longer. Talk to us today for a free first appointment and a trained lawyer can work out a timeline for you. 

My marriage has broken down after 6 months, can I get divorced?

Unfortunately, the law says you can only issue divorce proceedings when you have been married for at least one year. But if you book a first free appointment with us today we can start getting things ready to submit right away.   

I believe that my partner had an affair. Can I get divorced?

To get a divorce you have to prove that the marriage has completely broken down by proving one of five ‘facts’ to the court. Adultery (sexual intercourse with the opposite sex) is one of those five facts. If your partner cheated on you, you can use that fact to get divorced. But, to use this as the main reason for divorce you need to prove that the adultery took place, or your partner must be is willing to sign a confession confirming that they committed adultery during the marriage. If neither of those apply, you may be able to rely on other facts like your spouse’s unreasonable behaviour. Book a first free appointment today and a lawyer can talk you through the options.

Does my spouse need to see the divorce application before it is sent to the court?

Yes they do. Under the 2011 Pre-Action Protocol, the receiving spouse is entitled to receive a copy of a draft divorce application before divorce proceedings are issued at court. This means you must notify them about the divorce and send them draft papers. We can do all of this on your behalf. Book a free appointment with us today and we’ll go through the details with you.

Do I need to go to court to get divorced?

The majority of divorce cases are uncontested. This means that both sides agree to the divorce. If your divorce is uncontested it’s not normally necessary to attend a court hearing. The process is largely paper-based and we do all the hard work for you. If your divorce is contested or complicated, i.e. the other side don’t agree to a divorce, you may in rare circumstances need to attend court, but in this situation, we will represent you. Talk to us today to find out more about how we can help your divorce go smoothly.

I’m worried about people or the press attending my divorce proceedings. Are divorce proceedings public?

No, divorce proceedings are not public. The vast majority are 100% private. This means that the press and general public are not allowed to access information about the contents of your divorce application. That said, the press are allowed to issue information about the divorce going ahead and they can state the reason for divorce. E.g. ‘Smith and Smith are getting divorced due to long term separation’. Apart from that they can’t give out the details in the divorce application itself. If this is something that’s concerning you book a first free appointment and one of our lawyers can talk you through the specifics.

Do I need my marriage certificate to get divorced?

The court requires that you file your original marriage certificate and an original certified translation if the certificate is not in English. The certificate and translation document are kept on the court file and not returned to you. If you do not have an original marriage certificate or if it is lost, you can try to obtain a certified copy where you married or the General Register Office. If it cannot be obtained because you married abroad, you may be able to issue divorce proceeding without one. This will entail a separate court application and evidence will be required to satisfy the court that a valid marriage took place. We can help you with all of this. Just book your first free appointment today and we’ll explain how.

How much does a divorce cost?

Every divorce is different and his really depends on the complexity of your situation. Simple divorces can take a matter of months and cost a few hundred pounds. Complex divorces can last several years and cost more as a result. But regardless of your situation we have a divorce plan for you. We have fixed fee divorces, hourly rate divorces and divorce payment plans. We can offer credit for all work and we can work directly with you to keep costs down at all times. Book a first free appointment today and we will have a free and frank discussion about costs and how they apply to your situaton. 

I've had a bad experience with lawyers in the past. Why are you different?

At HRS Family Law Solicitors we believe that you are the client, not us, and therefore we advise and assist you.  We do not tell you what to do.  Our philosophy is to help not lecture.  Come in for a free first interview and tell us what you want to do.  We will tell you how we can help achieve your goals.

 

What others are saying about our divorce service?

Saima – West Brom Branch

I sincerely appreciate the work and help provided by my solicitor Art.She has done a fantastic job with my children matter and I could not have asked for anyone else or a better outcome. The communication was very clear and I am so grateful that I have found a solicitor like her. She has been helpful, patient, and I would definitely recommend her for children and divorce matters. This is my first solicitor I have ever had and I want to say thank you so much. I would also like to thank Alison, the receptionist. She is always polite and welcoming when I come to the office.

Lisa

Would recommend !!!! My solicitor dealt with my divorce and clean break order. She has been absolutely brilliant. Really professional but at the same time, very approachable and friendly. Always available to answer my questions. Thanks also to the lovely Beth on reception, always polite and friendly. A great service, a great team !! Thank you again.

We offer everyone a first free appointment

If you are confused about the divorce process and want to talk to an expert, book your first free appointment today. Our experienced divorce solicitors have helped tens of thousands of people divorce successfully. At your first free appointment they will listen to your concerns, discuss your options with you, carry out a legal aid check and set you on the right direction.  All without obligation.

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