Marriage is an act of faith; a triumph of optimism over
many peoples’ experience.
We all of us hope that our relationship with the special
person we married will last a lifetime, but sadly our
experience does not always match our expectations, and
one marriage in three ends in divorce, often after several
attempts at reconciliation. If your marriage has broken
down and the rift is irretrievable, or you simply would
like to know where you stand, talk to Ashton Bell divorce
solicitors. We are here to help with practical advice.
We can help you with expert advice in the following areas
Pre Nuptial Agreements – do they work?
- Prevention is better than cure, if you wish
to protect your pre-marital assets.
- Although the divorce Courts retain a free hand with
respect to financial matters on divorce, a properly drafted
prenuptial agreement can be persuasive evidence that the
Court has to take into account if the marriage does not
Where do I stand financially?
- The answer will vary according to your personal
circumstances and that of your spouse. Relevant factors
include: - your respective ages, the duration of the marriage,
the needs and resources of the parties, the requirements
of any minor children, and not forgetting that great English
legal fudge “…….. all the circumstances
of the case” (Section 25 Matrimonial Causes Act
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The Basic Divorce Suit
The mechanism by which you are granted a divorce –
takes no account of financial matters.
- Do I have grounds? Probably. We can advise.
- We take you through the process step by step with the
minimum of fuss
- How long? About 4 months
- Cost? £495.00 plus VAT, a court fee of £300.00 as per 01.01.06 and a court application fee
for decree absolute £40.00, A total of £921.63
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Division of Matrimonial assets
- This tends to be the biggest bone of contention. At
Ashton Bell Divorce
solicitors we are aware that the break up of a marriage
is a potentially highly charged and emotional time for
all concerned. We offer expert advice as to what is achievable
and the benefit of our support and experience.
- Whilst some couples come to an amicable mutually agreeable
settlement between themselves and only need their legal
advisors and the Court to confirm that what they have
provisionally agreed is not manifestly unfair, others
find the whole process bewildering and are not sure what
they might be entitled to. We can help.
- Yet others act in as uncooperative, obstructive and
deceptive a manner as possible towards their spouse sometimes
concealing, reducing or disposing of matrimonial or business
assets. If this is happening to you, then clearly you
need expert and urgent legal advice. An application to
the court may be necessary.
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Included in the Basic Divorce Suit fee if financial matters
are already agreed between the parties; otherwise the cost will
depend on the length of time required to achieve a settlement,
which in turn depends on the complexity of the matter,
and the degree of (non) co-operation received from your
spouse and his or her legal advisors. At Ashton
Bell Divorce Solicitors we will
always seek to promote a settlement where one can be achieved
voluntarily on reasonable terms to maximise the matrimonial
assets for the benefit of our clients.
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- If the parties can come to their own reasonable and
amicable arrangements regarding contact and residence
and schooling of the children, the Courts will not interfere.
However, if the parties cannot agree, our assistance and/or
that of the court may be required.
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No one has the right to harass or abuse you whether in
our out of marriage, rather everyone has the right not
to be harassed or abused.
Unfortunately domestic violence generally takes place
in the home in the absence of witnesses and the police
are sometimes not very interested unless the injuries
are quite obvious. If this is happening to you, you should
first ring the police, then seek medical attention and
contact Ashton Bell
Divorce solicitors as soon as practicable.
Domestic violence cuts across all strata of society and
tends to continue and escalate unless the cycle is broken
by the intervention of solicitors and/or the courts.
(Please note that unfortunately we are not able to take
publicly funded cases [what used to be called legal aid],
as the Legal Services Commission is not prepared to pay
even half of what it costs to do the work.)
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