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Divorce & Family Law Solicitors in Chester

When it comes to divorce and family law, you’re likely to have a lot of legal questions. Our highly experienced solicitors can answer your questions – contact us now for a free consultation.
Our local Chester office is open or, if you prefer, the consultation can take place over the phone or via Zoom/video call.

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Divorce & Family Solicitors In Chester

We are a leading team of Divorce and Family Solicitors with our specialist divorce solicitors providing expert advice about divorce and separation.

Our local team of leading family lawyers are both highly regarded and consistently recommended by clients. Meet the team here.

We can offer an initial consultation with one of our divorce lawyers and we can provide you with a fixed price for the divorce. Poole Alcock divorce and family lawyers have offices in Chester, Birmingham, Manchester, Alsager, Congleton, Sandbach, Nantwich, Crewe and Wilmslow.

If you would like a free consultation to discuss your divorce or family law queries, please complete the contact form below or call us for free on 01270 625478.

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What is the process to getting a divorce?

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The first step is to file your notice for divorce and complete a petition, a legal document which outlines your personal details and your grounds for divorce.

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Once the petition is completed, your solicitor will send this to the court, who will stamp it.

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The court will then pass the signed petition on to your spouse.

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How long does it take to get a divorce?

The time it takes to get a divorce is dependant on the co-operation of your spouse and how efficient they are to acknowledge and proceed with the proposed arrangements.

Within seven days of receiving the petition, your spouse must either accept or contest. If they contest, you have to wait 29 days from the day your spouse received the petition for their answer or defence. Poole Alcock divorce and family solicitors will guide and work with you through this process to resolve any reasons for defence.

Once your spouse has acknowledged and agreed with their copy of the petition, the court will review and agree your terms of divorce within two months of receiving your application. A Decree Nisi formally marks the court’s approval of your grounds for divorce.

The court will review your divorce file and your grounds for divorce, considering the arrangements for your children are in their best interests.

Once your decree nisi is granted, in six weeks time and one day after, you can apply for a decree absolute. However, if you are the respondent, you will not be able to apply for this until four and a half months has passed after the approval of your Decree Nisi.

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How much does a divorce cost?

In England and Wales, it currently costs £593 to pay the court. Poole Alcock solicitors also offer fixed fees, which we can discuss during the initial consultation.

We can offer a consultation to discuss your reasons for divorce and offer fixed fees so you can be confident that your legal bill won’t unexpectedly increase as things progress. Throughout the entire process, our professional divorce and family law solicitors will support and represent you with our expert advice to achieve the very best outcome.

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Our skilled Family Lawyers

  • Resolution Members

    Our solicitors are all members of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce and separation.

  • Accredited Team

    We are accredited by the Law Society and have members on the Advanced Family Panel of Solicitors.

  • Collaborative Lawyer

    Richard Barratt – the head of the Divorce and Family Team – is also a qualified Collaborative Lawyer.

    What does this mean? Well, under the collaborative process, each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and you and your respective lawyers all meet together to work things out face to face. Both of you will have your lawyer by your side throughout the process and so you will have their support and legal advice as you go.

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I always appreciate your help you have been amazing .

JS

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Well thank you for everything Helen you have been amazing , and will always recommend you to others.

Miss S, Cheshire

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I want to thank you all, for the work you have done. Helen you are great at your job.

Fingers crossed I can try to get on with my life. But if I do need your help in the future I will get in contact with you.

D C – Family Client

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Thank you Richard for all your help and support during a difficult time.

R P – Family Client

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Many thanks for your help and support I greatly appreciate everything you have done for me and my kids. I couldn’t have gotten a better a solicitor…again, thank you very much.

Mr D, Cheshire

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I used Poole Alcock for my divorce. On my first meeting with Jane Jacques I was in a complete state of panic about what was happening. She immediately put me at ease and I felt confident that my case was going to be in the right hands. From the outset everyone was very professional but at the same time very caring.

It was unfortunately a very difficult, drawn out case, but every dealing I had with Jane left me feeling positive and confident.

I was kept informed every step of the way and Poole Alcock were very upfront about the process and the expected costs.

At one point I had to deal with another solicitor – Nicola Deakin. Nicola was also lovely, professional and caring. The barrister appointed by Poole Alcock was excellent. Mr Julian Shaw was extremely experienced and knowledgeable and did a fantastic job in court for me.

As my case now draws to a close I can’t thank the team at Poole Alcock enough. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the firm and especially Jane Jacques to anyone requiring a family law solicitor.

HW

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If you would like a free consultation to discuss your divorce or family law queries, please complete the contact form below or call us on 01270 625478.

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