Divorce Solicitors

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Separation and the ultimate decision to divorce is never easy and is not a step that any married couple will have taken lightly. Many worry of the challenges ahead as they navigate the divorce process; this is where the Poole Alcock Family Law team can step in.

Our specialist team of divorce solicitors work with you to ease the burden of the process. We support you each step of the way, providing our expert guidance to ensure fair resolution that will enable both parties to take that crucial step and move on to the next stage in their life.

First steps

Before beginning divorce proceedings, we ask our clients to take these key steps:

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Can your marriage be saved? Consider speaking to a specialist counselling service such as Relate if you believe that there is a future for your marriage.

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Get expert legal advice from our skilled family lawyers and talk about concerns in your marriage. Every family is unique, but we have an experienced team who can talk you through your options and next steps.

Divorce Lawyers

The Divorce Process

Unless disputed, a divorce will typically follow this process:

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Issuing divorce proceedings

  • 1.1 Prepare a draft divorce petition setting out the fact that you are relying upon, to demonstrate the marriage has irretrievably broken down and send to the respondent.
  • 1.2 Your divorce lawyer will lodge this with the court who will then issue your petition and send this to the respondent.
  • 1.3 The court will serve the petition to your spouse (Respondent)
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Decree Nisi

  • 2.1 If the Respondent does not intend to defend (which is usual), the Petitioner files a statement in support of his or her petition and applies to the Court for the Decree Nisi
  • 2.2 The District Judge will consider the documents filed and, if satisfied, will certify that the Petitioner is entitled to a Decree Nisi
  • 2.3 The Decree Nisi (and any Costs Order) will be pronounced on the date fixed. Neither party need attend at Court unless the Decree or any ancillary Order is opposed.
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Decree Absolute

  • 3.1 Six weeks and one day later, the Petitioner may apply for the Decree Absolute (the final Decree of divorce)
  • 3.2 If the Petitioner does not apply for the Decree Absolute to be made, then the Respondent may do so three months later.


When filing for divorce, courts will charge £593 which is payable by the petitioner, but depending upon the circumstances the court may agree for the respondent to contribute some, or all of this fee.

You may be able to claim a court fee reduction or remission if you are in receipt of benefits.

Fixed Fee Divorce

We can provide you with the peace of mind of a Fixed Fee Divorce. We will be able to provide you with the figure at the outset, allowing you to budget and plan your finances in advance.

Depending on your financial circumstances, we can also offer a payment plan to help spread the cost of the divorce over a number of months.

Our Divorce & Separation Legal Services

Free Consultation & Discussion

If you have a question about our Family Law services or would like to speak to a member of our friendly team, please complete the contact form below or call us for free on 0800 151 0516.