WELCOME TO LYONS BOWE EXETER

EXETER
DIVORCE SOLICITORS

We believe in a collaborative, optimistic approach to getting divorced. Where children are involved, they will always remain our number one priority. Our EXETER divorce solicitors are here to help you throughout your divorce, on your terms.

Your free initial consultation is booked in for Wednesday at 2pm.

Your appointment with Hannah has been booked in for 10 am via Zoom.

Your joint divorce application has been submitted.

HOW DOES GETTING A
DIVORCE IN EXETER WORK?

1

FREE
CONSULTATION

2

THE
APPLICATION

3

THE
RESPONSE

4

CONDITIONAL
ORDER

5

FINAL
ORDER

FREE CONSULTATION

3 DAYS – 3 WEEKS

Once we have received your enquiry and run a conflict check (making sure we’re not already acting for your ex partner or anyone else who may be considered a conflict of interest), we will book in your initial free consultation at a time that suits you. This consultation can be held via telephone, video call, or in person. This will be an opportunity for us to explain the process of getting divorced in more detail, and answer any questions that you might have. You are not required to make any decisions during or after this consultation. Your decision is your own and you will never be pressured by us to make a decision.

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IT'S JUST
A QUESTION

THE WHAT IF’S…

If you’re having a difficult time in your relationship, calling a solicitor can feel like a very final step to take.

Sometimes, all you want is to understand the “if’s”. IF you were to separate, what would happen? IF you wanted to get a divorce, what would that look like?

Our solicitors are here to give you a free consultation in which you can ask any questions that you have without any pressure to take the next steps.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

If you would prefer that we don’t call, you, or would like us to communicate via a discrete email address, just let us know in this form and we will endeavour to do everything we can to make you feel as safe as possible.

HOW YOUR ENQUIRY WORKS

SUBMIT AN ENQUIRY

Use our enquiry form to tell us about how we can help and what you need, even if all you need is to ask some questions.

CONFLICT CHECKS

Before we can discuss your situation with you, we’ll need to run a conflict check. This just means checking that we’re not already acting for, or talking to, another party in your situation.

YOUR CONSULTATION

We will book in a free consultation at a time that suits you. You can have your consultation in person, via video call, or over the phone.

NEXT STEPS

What happens next is up to you. You can get started on the next steps right away, or take some time to think about it, or decide that the next steps aren’t for you. No pressure, no fuss.

HERE FOR YOU
FOR IT ALL

What sets us apart from other law firms is our personalized approach to every case. We understand that every client’s situation is unique, and we take the time to understand your individual needs and concerns.

Our team is dedicated to building strong relationships with our clients, ensuring they feel seen, understood, and in the best hands at every stage.

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COLLABORATIVE
LAW

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FINANCIAL
ARRANGEMENTS

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CHILD
ARRANGEMENTS

EXETER FAMILY
HELP AND SUPPORT

FOR YOU IN PERSON

FOR YOU ONLINE

FOR COPARENTING

FOR CHILDREN

FOR YOU IN PERSON

THE DIVORCE CLUB BRISTOL

If you are going through a divorce, thinking about a divorce, are newly separated, or already divorced, then this group is for you. Divorce can be challenging, but it is also a real opportunity for personal growth and change.

AVON RELATE

Relate Avon is a member of the Relate Federation and has provided services in the areas of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire for over 60 years. www.relate-avon.org.uk

NETWORK COUNSELLING

Network Counselling is staffed by professional counsellors who volunteer their time to provide an affordable counselling service to the people of Bristol and surrounding areas. No one is turned away through lack of ability to pay. They offer a welcoming, safe and confidential space where people can be listened to, accepted and understood; where they can be supported in exploring the problems they face and finding their own way forward.

THE ANSWERS TO YOUR
FAMILY QUESTIONS

ANSWERED BY

HANNAH READ

HEAD OF FAMILY

CAN A NO FAULT DIVORCE BE CONTESTED?

Only in very strict circumstances:

  • To dispute the jurisdiction of the court in England or Wales. For example, where neither party lives in or has any connection with England or Wales.
  • Neither party has entered into a legally valid marriage.
  • The marriage or civil partnership has already been legally ended.

CAN I CONVERT A SOLE APPLICATION INTO A JOINT APPLICATION?

No, once a sole application has been submitted, the application type cannot be changed. If you have submitted a joint application, this can be converted to a sole application in certain circumstances. You will need to discuss these with your solicitor.

HOW LONG DOES A NO FAULT DIVORCE TAKE?

A no fault divorce is estimated to take between 26-30 weeks including the Conditional Order (20 weeks) and Final Order (6 weeks).

WHAT IS A STATEMENT OF IRRETRIEVABLE BREAKDOWN?

Under the new legislation, couples will instead need to provide a statement of irretrievable breakdown. This statement replaces the need for ‘consent’ to the divorce, or for either spouse to place blame on the other. The court will be satisfied by the statement and will serve as conclusive evidence that the marriage is over. This statement can be provided jointly or solely. Neither spouse will be able to contest or appeal against the divorce.

DO BOTH PARTIES HAVE TO AGREE TO A DIVORCE?

No. Under new legislation, only one party needs to submit an application for a no fault divorce and their spouse cannot contest the divorce.

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ASK A QUESTION

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ASK A QUESTION

CAN A NO FAULT DIVORCE BE CONTESTED?

Only in very strict circumstances:

  • To dispute the jurisdiction of the court in England or Wales. For example, where neither party lives in or has any connection with England or Wales.
  • Neither party has entered into a legally valid marriage.
  • The marriage or civil partnership has already been legally ended.

CAN I CONVERT A SOLE APPLICATION INTO A JOINT APPLICATION?

No, once a sole application has been submitted, the application type cannot be changed. If you have submitted a joint application, this can be converted to a sole application in certain circumstances. You will need to discuss these with your solicitor.

HOW LONG DOES A NO FAULT DIVORCE TAKE?

A no fault divorce is estimated to take between 26-30 weeks including the Conditional Order (20 weeks) and Final Order (6 weeks).

WHAT IS A STATEMENT OF IRRETRIEVABLE BREAKDOWN?

Under the new legislation, couples will instead need to provide a statement of irretrievable breakdown. This statement replaces the need for ‘consent’ to the divorce, or for either spouse to place blame on the other. The court will be satisfied by the statement and will serve as conclusive evidence that the marriage is over. This statement can be provided jointly or solely. Neither spouse will be able to contest or appeal against the divorce.

DO BOTH PARTIES HAVE TO AGREE TO A DIVORCE?

No. Under new legislation, only one party needs to submit an application for a no fault divorce and their spouse cannot contest the divorce.

the team

ASK A QUESTION

No chat bots, just human beings here! Ask us a question and we’ll respond within 1 working day. Your question might be added to our FAQs to help anyone else with the same question. It’s nice to help others.

ASK A QUESTION
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CAN A NO FAULT DIVORCE BE CONTESTED?

Only in very strict circumstances:

  • To dispute the jurisdiction of the court in England or Wales. For example, where neither party lives in or has any connection with England or Wales.
  • Neither party has entered into a legally valid marriage.
  • The marriage or civil partnership has already been legally ended.

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CAN I CONVERT A SOLE APPLICATION INTO A JOINT APPLICATION?

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HOW LONG DOES A NO FAULT DIVORCE TAKE?

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WHAT IS A STATEMENT OF IRRETRIEVABLE BREAKDOWN?

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DO BOTH PARTIES HAVE TO AGREE TO A DIVORCE?

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