How Much Does It Cost To Get A Divorce?

Making the decision to end your marriage can be a difficult one and although there are many factors to consider, one of these factors will be the cost of a divorce. Whilst cost will not be the most important consideration, it will feature, and therefore it is vital that you are clear about the cost implications.

First and foremost, you should decide what grounds you will use in your divorce and whether you will be the petitioner or the respondent. To an extent, this really depends on the state of your relationship with your spouse. You may have to wait at least two years if you are going down the separation route, or possibly even five years if your spouse won’t agree to the divorce. This means that you have time to save up to cover the costs of your divorce.

There are a number of costs involved in a divorce. The first are the court fees. In England and Wales, these fees currently stand at £410. If you are on a low income you might be eligible for help with these fees. This is the cost of commencing the process of your divorce.

The next decision you will need to make is whether you need legal representation in your divorce. Whilst some people opt to go through their divorce without legal representation, there is a chance that if you do this, you will miss out an important element of your settlement. This could result in missing out on an element of the financial settlement, such as division of a pension, or you may miss putting an important settlement in place which could affect you in the future.

Most solicitors offer fixed fee divorces which can help you to have a better understanding of your legal costs and providing your divorce is straightforward, you should be eligible for a fixed fee option.

Divorce laws and the cost of a divorce are different depending on where you are in the UK, so it is important that you seek advice from a specialist family law solicitor to obtain exact details about your divorce and the legal cost involved.

This information provided in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice and each relationship breakdown requires careful consideration in our view by a fully qualified Solicitor before decisions are made and before you embark on a certain course of action.

Shak Inayat
0207 183 2898

What Do I Do If I Have Been Named As An Executer In A Will?

Being named as an executor in a Will often goes hand in hand with the pain and upset of losing someone close to you. This may mean that the prospect of being an executor is not a welcome one.

There are a number of routes that you may decide to take. The first is to remain as executor of the Will and to complete your duties. This can be a time consuming and lengthy process to complete but on the other hand you may feel that you want to complete this one last task for your loved one.

Executing a Will does mean that you have a number of legal responsibilities and duties to meet. You become responsible for the payment of all inheritance tax owed on the estate along with ensuring that your loved one’s wishes are carried out as instructed in the Will. Where there is a dispute over the Will, you will be legally responsible for getting the dispute resolved and may even be named in the case of it going to court.

Secondly, you can appoint someone else to act as executor in your place. This could be another family member or a solicitor. The process is straightforward and you only need to complete a form. If you are going to appoint a solicitor to administer the estate on your behalf, they will help you complete the form.

Lastly, you can decide to renounce your role as executor. This means you do not want to act as executor, nor do you want to appoint someone else in this position. You must not have had any dealings with the estate at all or else you will not be in a position to renounce. This means that this decision must be taken quickly or you may find yourself unable to do so.

Administering an estate can be a lot of work, but you can get help and advice from a specialist wills and probate solicitor.

This information provided in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice and each relationship breakdown requires careful consideration in our view by a fully qualified Solicitor before decisions are made and before you embark on a certain course of action.

Shak Inayat
0207 183 2898

Life After Divorce And How Interior Design Can Help You

A divorce is going to move the earth where you stand, but as well is going to create a world where if you water its soil it will create a new life for you.

I have friends who have been through the process of a divorce. It is one of the most painful and stressful situations that any man can endure, even more so if there are kids involved.

The challenges are: financial, emotional and existential.

The financial aspect is a big one to deal with: Lawyers, splitting of your wealth, maintenance of kids, therapists, and a new home, etc.

Emotionally it is tough, perhaps more so than financially: Dealing with any sort of loss is a long drawn out process that will drain your energy and one of the wiser moves you can make is to get help that allows you to understand the reasons behind what happened, the benefits that a civilized separation can bring and the promise there is of a better future that you will need to build by yourself.

Then there is the existential one: The usual age for men to get divorced is around their 40’s, an age where many are at the peak of their careers meanwhile walking on the minefield of what’s described as “maturity” (you are not old but you are not in your 20’s any more with all the implications that has).

It is at this point where questions like these ones will arise: who am I? What do I want? Is there life after marriage? Is being single again a bad thing, a great thing? How should I embrace my new status? etc.

Now you will ask how Interior Design can help you to get back on your feet and enjoy life, as it should be.

One of the concepts you are going to struggle with is the understanding that you have not lost “your home” but “a home” and that it is up to you to build your “new home”. Now in order to do this you need to internalize the fact that home is more than the place where you sleep, it is the place that you choose as the center of your life, where you are going to energize, create, dream, rest and entertain friends and why not? Bring that special one to enjoy the beauty of sharing a space that defines who you are.

Being happy with your own company and enjoying it should be part of what your new home gives you…

And it is in this area where interiors will help you: to give shape to that place and to imprint on it your personality, your likes, your ambitions and the way you are going to enjoy this new phase of your life, the new you.

The achievement of great interiors is in their ability to help you to keep you in love with life, with your life. Each time you cross the entrance door of your new home, all the spaces in it need to tell a story about you, and all of us love a great story. You are building your new life so there are a lot of things to say to yourself (affirmations, visions) to your friends, to your kids when they visit you and beyond this to the universe in general. You are in control of your life and you love it, making it tangible.

Life is one, dear gentleman, with its ups and downs but it is up to you to decide how to live it regardless of difficult times. Make it fantastic.

A place where receiving your friends and enjoying your new life is a must..


Diego Correa, Interior Designer