Divorce Solicitors in Tonbridge

Divorce is a difficult time for not only the two people who have decided to end their marriage but for all those closely linked to them. Emotions will run high and rash decisions can be made which may not be the best of solutions.

Enlisting the help of a family law solicitor who specialises in divorce is the only way to ensure that you both finish the process with what is rightfully and justly owed to you. Finances, property, custody of and access to any children, business shares and so on are all things that need to carefully be investigated and proposals presented and agreed upon.

Initially the grounds for divorce will have to be decided and verified. One party will have to be the petitioner who will initially submit divorce proceedings to the other party (the respondent). The respondent will then have to state if they agree to the grounds for divorce or if they wish to counter submit a petition stating alternative reasoning.

There are five main reasons that will support the divorce claims once proof has been obtained that you have been married legally for at least one year: Either you or your spouse has been unfaithful, behaved unreasonably, desertion, living apart for more than two years and both want a divorce or have been living apart for at least five years with no intention to reconcile. 

Book a fixed cost initial consultation with our divorce solicitors in Tonbridge

To arrange an initial fixed cost appointment with our divorce law solicitors, please call us on 01732 353305 or use our simple contact form and we will get back to your quickly.

Bailey & Cogger Solicitors is now incorporated by Hatten Wyatt, meaning you can also access our divorce law expertise through local offices in Chatham, Gravesend, Maidstone and Tenterden.

We can also offer meetings by Skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.

How the Family Law team at Bailey & Cogger can help with your divorce

Our divorce lawyers in Tonbridge can:

  • check that you are eligible to apply for a divorce and advise you on how to obtain a legal separation should the eligibility criteria not be met
  • complete all necessary paperwork
  • work to reach a suitable arrangement between you both where there are children to be considered, for example custody and financial provisions
  • help you to apply for a parental responsibility order where you have no legal rights in respect of a child you have cared for
  • help you to sort out financial matters and to resolve property disputes
  • advise you on making a will or updating an existing will in which your spouse may be mentioned
  • liaise with pension providers when there are issues around entitlement to split pension benefits
  • represent your interest should any aspect of your divorce result in a hearing before the courts

We can also offer signposting to support systems should either party be involved in domestic violence or abuse.

Removing unnecessary conflict from your divorce

Our divorce solicitors in Tonbridge are highly skilled in dealing with all aspects of divorce while keeping conflict to a minimum. We can offer two highly effective alternatives to court proceedings – mediation and collaborative law - allowing you to get the right outcome for your divorce while avoiding the stress, conflict and additional expense associated with taking your divorce through the courts.

Divorce mediation

Mediation commonly used for resolving arrangements for children and financial settlements during divorce. You and your spouse/partner will have a series of meetings (typically three to five) with a trained mediator where you will discuss the issues you need to resolve.

The mediator’s role is to provide clarification on any key points of law, defuse any potential conflict and keep the process productive.

Advantages of mediation include the process usually being much faster and less costly than court proceedings, as well as keeping the relationship between the parties more amicable and the details of your divorce private.

Collaborative law

A popular alternative to mediation often used where there are more complex issues to resolve. Over a series of four-way ‘round the table’ meetings, you, your spouse and your respective lawyers will work to negotiate the details of your divorce arrangements.

Your lawyers must be trained in collaborative law and other professional experts, such as accountants and financial advisers, can also sit in and provide the benefit of their expertise where appropriate.

Collaborative law is usually more expensive than mediation, however, it is still typically much less costly and faster than court proceedings. The benefits of having your own legal adviser on hand include giving you confidence to deal with more challenging issues and ensuring your interests stay protected at all times.

Our divorce law pricing

Fixed cost initial appointment / Legal aid

A first meeting is offered on a fixed fee basis where preliminary advice can be offered and you will be given estimates of costings of all stages of the process together with an indication of how long it will all take.

Fixed fee divorce

Our team can deal with some aspects key of divorce on a fixed fee basis e.g. preparing and submitting your divorce petition. This provides complete certainty for you over the costs involved in dealing with these parts of the divorce process.

For other matters, such as making financial agreements and arrangements for children, we will typically work to an agreed hourly rate.

Why choose Bailey & Cogger Solicitors for your divorce?

Our highly experienced Tonbridge solicitors are accredited by the Law Society for Family Law in recognition of our expertise in areas including divorce, financial settlements and arrangements for children.

Our Family Law team is led by Avril Croud, a family lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience. As a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and the family law support network Resolution, Avril is able to offer exceptional legal expertise and empathetic personal support during every stage of divorce.

Avril is supported by a very strong team, including Resolution accredited specialist and trained collaborative lawyer Deborah Nicholson, Resolution-trained Mediator Carole Webb and Jeremy Woodford, a member of Resolution and the Law Society’s Accreditation Scheme.

We can also offer the services of our Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accredited Residential Property team for any property issues involved with your divorce or separation, such as buying or selling a home, transfer of equity and remortgaging.

Key contacts

Deborah Nicholson Avril Croud Carole Webb

Jeremy Woodford

Get in touch with our divorce lawyers in Tonbridge

To arrange an initial fixed cost appointment with our divorce law solicitors, please call us on 01732 353305 or use our simple contact form and we will get back to your quickly.

Bailey & Cogger Solicitors is now incorporated by Hatten Wyatt, meaning you can also access our divorce law expertise through local offices in Chatham, Gravesend, Maidstone and Tenterden.

We can also offer meetings by Skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.