January Blues

Unfortunately the “January Blues” may be hitting you this month for more personal reasons than just the festive period being over. Relationships do not always work out, and sometimes it really is important to go with the mantra of a new year, a new start.

Here at Ascroft Whiteside we pride ourselves on giving a sympathetic and supportive service when it comes to dealing with family matters such as;

  • Divorce proceedings
  • Separation Agreements
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Consent Orders
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements
  • Advice and settlement of matrimonial finances and assets
  • Maintenance
  • Children issues, including contact and residence disputes
  • Transfer of matrimonial properties

Going through a divorce can be a difficult time and therefore it is important that you can find someone to help you with your needs. Here are a few essential facts that you may need to know about getting a divorce:

  • In order to start the divorce proceedings you need to fill in a divorce petition form. This needs to include your full name and address, as well as your husband or wife’s along with your marriage certificate.
  • If your partner has been unfaithful, it is important to know that if you name the person your husband or wife was unfaithful with they will also get a copy of the paperwork.
  • If you have children under 16 or under 18 in education you need to fill in another form that details the arrangements you have for childcare, maintenance and the contact you have with your children.
  • You will have to pay a £410 court fee to start the divorce and to send off your divorce petition – You may be able to get legal aid if you are on benefits or a low income.
  • Once you send off the divorce petition your husband or wife will get a notice of proceedings form and an acknowledgement of service form. They will have 21 days to respond, if they do not respond in this time you can continue with your divorce as if they have agreed.
  • When a divorce is defended or both sides file for divorce there is usually a court hearing to discuss the case.

Regardless of the reason you may need to contact us regarding family matters, we will offer a supportive service to provide you with the information you need. There may be fixed costs available in certain circumstances, but it is important to contact us to discuss any matters as well as if you have any other problems which are not listed above. We are here to help you with a few additional simple steps.

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