Marriage breakdown and divorce

Divorce is extremely difficult for everyone involved. It can be a disruptive and unsettling time and one where you will need as much support and guidance as possible.

Receiving legal advice and being able to implicitly trust your legal representative is of paramount importance. At Tayntons we not only offer legal guidance but a listening and sympathetic ear.

We are here to protect your interests and to help you through this difficult and emotional time.

Divorce proceedings

You can begin proceedings once you have been married for over a year. In order to file for divorce you need to be of the belief that your marriage has irretrievably broken down. To do so you need to justify one of the following reasons:

  • Your partner has shown unreasonable behaviour
  • Your partner has committed adultery
  • Your partner has deserted you
  • You and your partner have lived apart for two years and both consent to divorce
  • You and your partner have lived apart for a period of five years, irrespective of mutual consent

Before proceedings can begin you need to file what is known as a divorce petition. This is sent to the court and states why you believe that your marriage has broken down beyond repair. A copy will be sent to your partner and they will then have the chance to respond. Provided that the petition is not challenged, you can request that the court grants you a divorce.


At Tayntons we offer a 45-minute consultation at the cost of £75 plus VAT (£90.00). During this consultation we will talk you through the divorce procedure and highlight any potential issues that may arise. If you appoint us as your solicitors then we offer a fixed fee service. To find out more information about our prices please see our fixed fee divorce page.

Contact us

Contact us

If you would like to contact our divorce solicitors then please call us on 0800 158 4147 or use our contact form.

0800 158 4147