At MKB Law our Family and Matrimonial solicitors will draft and present the Petition without the assistance of Counsel. If a Divorce is to be presented in the High Court we will arrange for you to meet with a Barrister who will then draft a Petition on whatever ground is available to you. You will be advised on the procedure, an approximate estimate of the length of time and necessity to attend court. We will keep you informed as to when the other spouse will be served with the Proceedings in case there is an adverse reaction.
We operate a transparent costs structure so that you understand what you will be billed for, the professional fee and the outlay. You will also be informed that your spouse will be paying the costs of the Divorce if a fault ground is used and not defended. A two years separation or five years separation divorce means you may be responsible for either 50% of the costs or all of the costs of the Divorce Petition.
The presentation of the Petition takes place in a relatively short period of time and the Judge must be satisfied that arrangements for children are the best that can be achieved before the Decree Nisi is pronounced.
You are then at liberty to apply for the Decree Absolute, the document which formally dissolves your marriage, on the expiration of six weeks from the date of Decree Nisi, unless there are financial matters to be resolved. At the Decree Absolute stage you will be advised of the implications for inheritance and how it may be prudent to consider making a new Will as your spouse is no longer your next of kin.