Top 3 Divorce Assumptions

top 3 divorce assumptions

There are many assumptions regarding divorce. Everybody knows somebody who has gone through divorce, and they all offer different advice.

Divorce Assumption 1. Separated for 2 years or more! Can you instantly get a divorce?

When a couple decide that divorce is the only option; there is an automatic splurge of opinions and advice from various friends and family.  One that sticks in my mind. A couple of weeks ago a lady phoned up after hearing about us from Facebook. She was sick to the stomach because she had been told by family members that she could not apply for a divorce until her and her husband had been separated for at least two years.  This was apparently an abusive relationship. They had been split for 7 months with the manipulation continuing from her husband.  She was very relieved to finally get advice from Divorce Negotiator. We informed her that this was not the case; she could apply immediately for a divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behavior.

If you are going to get divorced, then make sure you have planned it right. Try to ensure that everyone can come out the best they can. Your friends and family still need to be in your life for the support on both sides.

We are here to listen and provide a free 30 minute consultation. So why not call today and put one step in place.

Divorce Assumption 2. Couples come to financial agreement thinking judge will just accept it

There is a misguided way of thinking generally in couples going through a divorce; that all their financial assets will be split right down the middle 50/50, no questions asked. 

There is a small minority that this might apply to, but for the majority this is not so simple.  50/50 IS the starting point in a financial settlement. But there is so much to assess on both sides before a final figure is agreed upon.  For example if there is children involved, how old are the children? Who will they live with?  How long have the couple been married and how long were they together before they married?  Is the matrimonial home jointly owned or is there only one on the title as the house was an inheritance.  Do one or both have a pension?  All these things need to be put in the equation and assessed and the balance of 50/50 suddenly becomes 60/40.

If you are going to get divorced, then make sure you have planned it right for everyone to come out with a fair settlement that is best for all concerned.

We are here to listen and we don’t charge so why not call today and put one step in place

Divorce Assumption 3. By waiting 2 years or on low income the cost of a divorce is cheaper

Waiting at least two years for a divorce will be cheaper! Being on low income or benefits a divorce will be cheaper! This is an urban myth.  Yes, divorces can vary in prices. But that is dependent on who you go to and what your finances are. Settlement may be very costly if there are disagreements in finances or if your spouse defends the divorce. However, ultimately the prices are still the same if you apply for your divorce immediately or if you wait. 

We have had people phone to enquire about our fees and how we charge. Many people are under the belief that if they wait over two years their court fees will be waivered.  This is not the case. There used to be a system that if you were in receipt of benefits then you were entitled to free legal fees but not anymore. You can apply for exemption of court fees if you are in receipt of benefits. 

If you are going to get divorced, then make sure you have the correct information on the cost you are likely to have and not you have been told by friends and family.

We are here to listen and give you advice, so why not call today and put one step in place.

Call Divorce Negotiator on 0800 177 7702 or 01256 630156

Top 3 Divorce Assumptions was last modified: September 3rd, 2020 by John Fuller

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