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In divorce cases, as in most legal situations, time is of the essence.

If you are considering a separation or divorce it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible, ideally before you make any changes to your shared lifestyle, such as leaving the marital home. CP Law Solicitors are expert divorce solicitors and can offer you advice on your individual situation.

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Fixed-fee divorce solicitors in Berkshire

In many cases, when a couple agrees to part and aims to dissolve their marriage, they are still able to work together well enough in order to arrange an amicable divorce. This is usually much better for any children involved and allows both parties to move on to a new life with a minimum of hassle.

CP Law divorce solicitors, based in Wokingham, offer a fixed-fee divorce package which covers the key elements of the dissolution of a marriage, including the preparation and issue of the Divorce Petition and the steps required to obtain a Decree Absolute, the final step in a divorce. Our fixed-fee divorce package offers couples an affordable way to access expert legal help as they dissolve their union.

If you need divorce lawyers in Wokingham or Sunningdale, Berkshire, then arrange a consultation with us.

Experts in family law

Sadly, not all divorces are amicable. There are many reasons for a marriage to break down, and untangling the situation may prove complex, particularly when there are children, a shared business or high-value assets involved. CP Law Divorce Solicitors are experts in family law and divorce law. We can advise you on how to handle a rough separation from the initial advice on how to handle separation to the final court decree.

As impartial professionals, we are able to assist couples on reaching a compromise regarding their affairs but we are also able and willing to fight for our clients in a court of law. Retaining CP Law Solicitors is the first step to ensuring that your former spouse does not take advantage of you during the divorce. We will provide expert legal advice and assistance at every stage of the process. This is particularly important if you have concerns for your safety or the safety of your children.

Starting divorce proceedings

We understand that contacting divorce solicitors and beginning divorce proceedings is almost universally unpleasant.

We aim to make a difficult process as smooth and easy as possible for our clients, so if you have questions about your divorce or separation or wish to retain us, please contact CP Law Solicitors today.

Call our friendly team today on 0345 2413100 or email us for more information

What to consider

There are three important areas to consider when getting a separation or divorce; the divorce itself, which is the process that legally ends the marriage, the legal process of sorting out the policy and financial issues, and the arrangements for children if you have them.

Reasons for Divorce – Before you can obtain a divorce, you must have been married for a year. The relationship must have also broken down without any hope of getting back together; this is called an irretrievable break down.

What Happens next?

There are 3 main stages involved in the divorce itself – Filing the divorce petition, applying for a Conditional Order and getting a Financial Order, all of which we will handle with the utmost privacy and discretion.

The divorce petition itself is a long document that has to be prepared on your behalf. It contains all the details of the marriage including where and when you got married, details of any children of the marriage (and children from previous relationships), together with details of the grounds that you are planning on using to support the divorce.

‘Filing’ actually means sending this to the court along with the court fee. The court will then serve this document on the other party, who in return fills out and sends back to the court an ‘Acknowledgement of service’ (If they don’t do this then you can apply to have bailiffs service – where a bailiff serves the document on the other party. The bailiff’s confirmation can then be used instead of the acknowledgement of service.

The next part of the divorce process is known as a Conditional Order. This is the first stage of the actual divorce. The Judge reviews all the paperwork and if he or she is satisfied that there are proper grounds for a divorce, the court will file a certificate to that effect, fix a date for a Conditional Order and send notice to the parties. If the court is not satisfied, then you are provided with the chance to file further evidence. If this fails then a date is fixed for a hearing in court. This is rare, however. At this stage, the Judge will also check that all financial issues, employment issues and arrangements for the children have been agreed upon or are in the process of reaching a resolution.

You must wait for six weeks and one day from the date of a Conditional Order before applying for the final stage of a divorce called a Financial Order. When that is granted, the divorce has taken place. There is no hearing. The application to the court is made on a standard form. When you receive a Financial Order, you are no longer married and are free to re-marry. The court will only grant a Financial Order when the Judge agrees that all arrangements for the children are now satisfactory.

The divorce process is likely to take between 3-4 months to complete. However, it will take longer if there are disagreements about children or money that cannot be settled without going to court.

Call our friendly team today on 0345 2413100 or email us for more information

Our Divorce & SEPARATION Experts

Lee Pashen - Director / Solicitor
Marianne Tyndall - Solicitor
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Simply outstanding in every aspect. Marianne Tyndall is an exceptional solicitor... exactly the sort of person you want in your corner representing you. She is honest, sincere, committed, diligent and above all, fair and just. She will tell it to you how it is, will simultaneously guide, encourage and reassure you. She has the unique ability to be both a solicitor and a friend and I can tell you, when you are in the midst of a challenging divorce, those characteristics and traits listed above are exactly what you want and what you need from the person representing you.

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