What if my partner threatens to oppose (DEFEND) the dissolution of our marriage/civil partnership?
Even if your divorce is straightforward, if your spouse wishes to defend against proceedings, we will be able to represent you. Although such scenarios are outside our fixed-fee services, we do offer an affordable bespoke package.
A spouse/civil partner who doesn’t wish for dissolution of their relationship, and is therefore unwilling to accept that it’s over, will have the opportunity to ‘defend/contest’ the divorce/civil partnership dissolution. The District Judge will seek an audience with both parties and give each party an opportunity to explain their circumstances. This means a court appearance, legal advice and attendance, additional legal costs and court fees. These situations are extremely rare and only 5% of applications per year are defended/contested.
If you suspect that your spouse/civil partner may not co-operate with your divorce/civil partnership dissolution then please contact us first via e-mail or telephone so that we can help and advise you on the best option.
Worst case scenario is that you remain separated for 5 years’ before applying to dissolve you marriage/civil partnership.