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Ursula Bagnall and her assistant, Nichola Porter deal with divorce on a daily basis. They understand that going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful times of life for all of those involved; their aim is to help and support their client through it, so that he or she can begin the process of re-building their life as soon as possible. They will advise their client on the most cost effective and efficient way of proceeding with a divorce in the circumstances of his or her particular case.

The procedure to obtain a divorce is initiated by one party’s Solicitor filing a Divorce Petition with the Court and paying the initial Court fee, currently £340. The Petition must contain sufficient facts to persuade the Court that the marriage has broken down irretrievably on one of 5 grounds, the most usual being adultery, unreasonable behaviour and two years separation with consent. Adultery can be used when the other party has formed a new relationship, even though it was not in fact the cause of the breakdown of the marriage.

Nowadays nearly all divorces proceed undefended and are done ‘on paper’. In theory it can take as little as 3- 4 months from filing the Petition to the issue of decree absolute, which formally dissolves the marriage. In many cases, the pronouncement of decree absolute is deferred until the couple have resolved the financial issues and this can take much longer. Ursula Bagnall’s aim is to achieve resolution of all issues within 9-12 months. Unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed because much will depend upon the attitude of the other party and his or her solicitor as explained under the ‘financial settlements’ page of this site.

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