Divorce Solicitors

Going through a divorce can be a hard and complicated time for everybody involved. Spratt Endicott Solicitors aims to handle divorce cases delicately going through each process with the clients and discussing what the outcome may be. We offer our divorce services across Banbury, Bicester and their surrounding areas.

The divorce procedure

There is no requirement to deal formally with separation when married or unmarried couples go their separate ways. In England and Wales divorce is the recognised legal way to end a marriage.

Our costs

Spratt Endicott offers a fully managed divorce service to provide you with as much or as little legal support as you may require. Our costs for handling divorce cases vary according to the work required. Costs can be substantially reduced if the divorcing couple informally agrees the grounds to be pursued and instructs their solicitors accordingly.

Court fees are paid when a Divorce Petition is issued. It is possible to seek an Order that the party served with the Petition (the “Respondent”) pays the costs of the divorce, or an agreed contribution towards those costs.

For more information on any aspect of our Divorce services, please read our frequently asked questions page.

Fixed Fee Appointment

Spratt Endicott offers an initial Fixed Fee Appointment for £95, including VAT. This helps you consider your options informally and confidentially, with no commitment to take matters further until and unless you wish to do so.

Here at Spratt Endicott we believe in convenient and competitively priced legal solutions to your problems. That's why you can either instruct us online and complete our initial Divorce Petition questionnaire or phone/email us for an appointment.

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Initial Divorce Petition Questionnaire 

Complete our Initial Questionnaire ​​we will start helping you straight away. For more information please call us on 01295 204​153 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does the divorce process work?

    First it must be established that the Courts in England and Wales have jurisdiction to deal with the case. This is determined by where the parties live (or possibly originate from). 

    The second requirement is that a couple must have been married for at least 12 months. The third requirement is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down on the basis of one of these five facts:        

    • Adultery
    • Unreasonable behaviour
    • Desertion
    • Two years’ separation (with the other party’s consent)
    • Five years’ separation (the other party’s consent not being required)
  • Adultery

    The person who has committed adultery cannot issue a Petition on that basis - the other party must do so. It is not necessary to name the third party involved and, indeed, the Court discourages this.

  • What is “unreasonable behaviour”?

    This wide-ranging option can cover many problems, for example: violence, mismanagement of finances, lack of companionship or emotional support.

  • Separated for some time?

    A couple who have been separated for some time may choose to pursue either a two year or five year separation divorce (as appropriate). 

  • Do I have to attend Court?

    It is not usually necessary for either party to attend Court in person.  Side issues such as finances and disputes regarding children can require Court attendance but the divorce itself is normally dealt with by post.

  • How long does a divorce take?

    An uncontested divorce should generally be concluded within four to six months, although each case varies.

  • How much does it cost?

    Spratt Endicott’s initial Fixed Fee Appointment costs only £95, including VAT and helps you consider your next steps informally and confidentially, with no commitment to take matters further until and unless you wish to do so. Spratt Endicott offers a fully-managed service to guide you through the dissolution of your marriage and provide you with as much or as little legal support as you may require.

  • What about the finances?

    Within any divorce, securing an Order relating to the financial aspects is vital.  This can be achieved by agreement or result from contested proceedings.  Until that point even pronouncement of a Decree Absolute will not sever financial ties between the parties.

  • Why should I seek legal advice?

    Although many people feel confident starting to handle divorce proceedings themselves, things can quickly become complicated or difficult, meaning it is normally prudent to seek legal advice. With our training and expertise you can feel confident that you are receiving the best advice before you do anything.

Getting in Touch

Contact our Family Law team for more information on any aspect of our divorce services. Please email Patrick Mulcare, Banbury, on pmulcare@se-law.co.uk or Gemma Davison, based in Bicester, on gdavison@se-law.co.uk.  Alternatively you can contact us by telephone on 01295 204000.