This plan covers the preparation and issue of the Divorce Petition and all the steps that need to be taken to obtain Decree Absolute.
The other problem that may occur, and which will increase the fees, is if your spouse fails to return the acknowledgement of service. On issuing the papers, the Court posts the Petition to your spouse or their solicitors together with an Acknowledgement of Service form. If your spouse fails to complete and return the Acknowledgement form it may become necessary to have a further set of the papers served personally by the Court Bailiff so that the divorce can progress. If this is necessary, our fees will increase by the cost of the Bailiff service fee (currently £45.00). Usually we are able to give you a clear indication, in advance, of the likely cost.
You will be charged on an hourly rate basis. Please contact Lee Pashen for further information.
You will usually need to resolve the financial aspects of your separation and issues concerning any children before the Decree Absolute is granted. Any work we undertake will be charged at our usual hourly rate. However, we can usually give you a clear indication of the likely fees involved if you have reached an agreement in respect of the financial aspects of your separation in advance. Any agreement will need to be recorded in a Consent Order. If the financial aspects of your separation have not been resolved, these will need to be addressed.