Our expert team of Liverpool-based divorce solicitors provide legal advice about all aspects relating to the breakdown of a relationship, including divorce, financial settlements and children advice.

Reaching the decision that your marriage or civil partnership is at an end is never an easy one to make. Our divorce solicitors understand that this can be a deeply upsetting time for you. This is why we aim to offer straightforward legal advice to help you during a divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership.

Our expert team of Liverpool-based divorce solicitors provide legal advice about all aspects relating to the breakdown of a relationship, including divorce, financial settlements and children advice. Our clients also include those who are looking to dissolve a civil partnership, or their same sex marriage.

If your marriage has irretrievably broken down, to have grounds for divorce, you must establish that one or more of the following applies:
 
  • Your spouse or civil partner has behaved unreasonably
  • Your spouse has committed adultery
  • You have been separated from your spouse or civil partner for more than two years and you both consent to the divorce
  • You have been separated from your spouse or civil partner for more than five years
  • Your spouse or civil partner deserted you more than two years ago

Our fixed fee family law scheme provides you with the option to instruct us to handle your divorce from beginning to end. If you choose to use this service, we will advise you as to which grounds for divorce are the most appropriate, draft your divorce petition ready for your approval and handle your divorce proceedings through the court.

The Liverpool divorce solicitors at Canter Levin & Berg are members of Resolution and as such we believe that family matters, such as divorces or the dissolution of a civil partnership should be dealt with in a constructive way designed to preserve the dignity of all involved.

At Canter Levin & Berg our expert divorce law solicitors are here to help you to end your relationship in a way that allows you the freedom to get on with your life and gets you the right outcome. For a full discussion with one of our divorce law experts about ending your marriage or dissolving your civil partnership you can contact our offices today.

Call the Family Law department on 0151 239 1181 or fill in the form at the top of this page and one of our divorce law specialist solicitors will get back in touch with you to discuss your situation, the financial implications of a divorce and your legal options.

Marriage and Divorce Q & A

1. What is the minimum age to get married in the UK?
   18 for adults,or 16 with parental permission.

2. What is the notice period you have to give before getting married?
   28 days.

3. How long do you have to be married before you can apply for a divorce?
   1 year.

4. How much is the court fee to issue a divorce petition?
   £550.

5. In order to divorce by consent, how long must the parties have lived apart?
   2 years.

6. Does a Decree Nisi end a marriage?
   No, a decree absolute does.

7.Can I apply for a divorce based on my own adultery?
   No, your spouse would have to apply.

8.How much does it cost to get a copy of your marriage certificate?
   £9.25.

9. Are pre-nuptial agreements legally binding?
   No, but they offer some protection to the well-off spouse.

10. Can my ex make financial claims against me after a decree absolute of divorce has been granted?
   Yes, unless you have obtained a final financial court order.

11. Can I be arrested for trying to get into my own jointly owned home, if my ex refuses me entry?
   Yes, if you use force, and there is someone inside the house who does not want you to enter. This is a criminal offence.

12. When does child maintenance through the CMS stop?
   When a child reaches 18, or 20 if they are in full time education. Although you can apply to court after that if your child is still in education.

13. How much does it cost to make an application to calculate maintenance to the CMS?
   £20.

14. Can the CMS also collect maintenance?
   Yes, although further fees apply.

15. How long do child arrangements orders last?
   Until a child is 16, unless exceptional circumstances exist.

16. If I have a residence/live with child arrangements order,can I change my child's surname?
   Not unless you have the consent of everyone else with parental responsibility, or get a court order.
   
17. If I have a residence/live with child arrangements order, can I take my child abroad on holiday?
   Only with the consent of everyone else with parental responsibility, or get a court order.
   
18. Can I post details of my family court case on social media?
   No, that would be contempt of court.
   
19. What can I  do if I disagree with my ex’s intended choice of school for my child?
   Apply to the court for a specific issue order.
   
20. Can I stop contact if my ex is not paying child maintenance?
   No. The two issues are, in law, unrelated.
   
21. If my name is registered on my child's birth certificate as father, do I have parental responsibility?
   Yes, provided the birth was registered on or after 1st December 2003.
   
22. What is the current VAT rate?
   20%.
   
23. When did the VAT rate last change?
   4th January 2011.
   
24. How do you address a district judge in court?
   Sir or Ma’am.
   
25. Is there such a thing as a common law wife?
   No.
   
26. Is bigamy a criminal offence?
   Yes.
   
27. Do family lawyers wear wigs in court?
   No.
   
28. By what name is a leading barrister (QC) also known?
   A silk.

29. Is legal aid still available?
   Yes, but only in limited circumstances.
   
30.Is it worth using a solicitor?
   Yes, if you want to receive expert, bespoke legal advice.

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