5 myths about the divorce process


Going through a divorce is a stressful time for anyone. This is rarely helped by the number of myths which surround the divorce process.

At Farnworth Rose, we understand just how important it is to have the right advice as early as possible in the process. However, there are a number of myths out there which can affect the decisions people take.

In this article, our specialist family law solicitors dispel some of the most common myths associated with the divorce process.

The financial settlement will be affected by who is at fault

One of the most common myths we hear is that the person who is at fault will receive a smaller share of any financial settlement.

However, apart from in extreme cases, the reason for the end of the relationship is irrelevant to what share of the family assets each spouse receives.

The aim of the court is to find a fair solution that meets the needs of the family. They are not interested in punishing the person who is allegedly at fault for the divorce.

The court always decides what happens to children

There is a common misconception that childcare issues will almost immediately be referred to the courts.

However, unless there are issues parents cannot agree on, the court will most likely take a hands-off approach. Parents will be expected to come to an agreement themselves before there is any involvement from the courts.

You can get a ‘quickie’ divorce

We have all heard the stories of the celebrity couple that are reported to have divorced in just a few weeks. However, these reports are not entirely true and only refer to when a judge confirms an entitlement to divorce.

In reality, there is no such thing as a ‘quickie’ divorce in the UK.

You can get a no-fault divorce in the UK

Although there have been calls to introduce no-fault divorces in the UK, you cannot currently have a ‘no-fault divorce’.

When applying for divorce, you must give one of the following 5 reasons as grounds for divorce:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • You’ve been separated more than 2 years and both agree to the divorce
  • You’ve been separated more than 5 years (even if one party doesn’t agree to the divorce)

It’s cheaper to divorce without a solicitor

Over recent years, online services have grown offering ‘DIY’ divorces which promise a cut-price speedy divorce.

Although it is possible to divorce without a solicitor, you could be taking a huge risk. If financial arrangements and children are involved, any mistakes could become much more costly in the long run.

At Farnworth Rose, our Head of Family Law, Craig Baldwin, has more than 35 years’ experience achieving the best resolutions for families. Getting the right advice quickly from an experienced solicitor can avoid any uncertainty in the future.

Talk to an experienced family law solicitor today

At Farnworth Rose, we are now offering an initial consultation with our experienced family and divorce solicitors in Nelson and Barrowford. Our friendly legal team will discuss your circumstances with you and offer advice on the next steps you can take.

To talk to a member of our expert legal team today, call us on 01282 695 400.

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