At Slater Heelis we recognise this can be a daunting prospect for those in an unhappy marriage, who may prefer instead to put up with what they perceive to be more manageable relationship difficulties. As family law experts we cannot advise you on the future of your relationship, but we are able to provide reliable and valuable legal advice for your separation, divorce or dissolution.
Achieving a quick divorceThe only ground for divorce in England and Wales is the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage. This is proven by citing one of five factors: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, two years separation with consent or five years separation (no consent required). Unfortunately there is no such thing as an instant, ‘no fault’ divorce - as yet. Unreasonable Behaviour is the most common reason given for the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. This is a subjective area; the petitioner must simply establish that his or her spouse has behaved in a way such that he or she can no longer be expected to live with them. It is not usually necessary to provide more than a short account of the situation at home prior to the end of the marriage. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a ‘quickie divorce’ as seen in the media. Even the most amicable divorce will typically take between two and three months to process, longer if financial arrangements need to be formalised before the marriage is formally dissolved.
Our ServicesWe offer a range of family law services to suit the needs of individuals, including family mediation and collaborative law, and negotiation. Using these methods of alternative dispute resolution we aim to reach amicable solutions that protect your best interests. Slater Heelis is a Manchester based legal firm with experience in all areas of family law. We understand that divorce can not only be a lengthy and stressful process, but costly as well which is why we have an open approach to legal costs and aim to be as transparent as possible throughout. Our clients are offered a fixed fee of £650 plus VAT and court fees for uncontested divorces, and you can usually recoup some or all of those costs from your spouse if you are the petitioner. If you would like to talk to a member of our divorce law team about how we can help you, please contact us on 0161 969 3131 for more details.
Your Divorce team
Mark HeptinstallPartner & Head of Family
Kim AucottConsultant Solicitor
Joanne TaylorChartered Legal Executive