What are the grounds for Divorce in England?

All divorces in this country are obtained by proving that your marriage has “irretrievably broken down”. You must rely on one of the five legal grounds listed below: 1. Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to continue living with them. 2. Your spouse has behaved in such a way that it…

Do I have to have a Solicitor?

No, it is not necessary to obtain the assistance of a solicitor but it can definitely help. During the divorce process you will be required to fill in court forms and to respond to reasonable enquiries from your spouse, or their solicitor If any of the paperwork is completed incorrectly, this can cause delay and…

What will happen to our children?

Arrangements for your children are not automatically dealt with when you apply for divorce. The Court will only involve itself in your arrangements for the children if you or your spouse make an application for this to be dealt with. We would always encourage you to reach an agreement with your spouse on children issues…

What will it cost to get divorced? Are there additional costs?

At Curwens we offer fixed price divorces – check our website pages for more details. The court fees remain the same (£550 in total) but our fees will depend on how much of the work you are prepared to do yourself – ranging from a complete DIY package (at only £49 + vat) up to…

Can I keep my pension?

This will depend on its value, what other assets there are, and how long the marriage lasted. Pension values always have to be disclosed, but if you are both young, there are no children and the marriage was very short, you are likely to retain your entire pension fund. However, the court has the power…

Do I automatically start to use my maiden name after my divorce?

No. Your legal name remains unaffected by the divorce proceedings, but if you want to simply revert to your maiden name this is possible using your birth certificate and the Decree Absolute (final divorce order). If you want to change to any other name, or revert to your maiden name without any divorce, you need…