The break down of a marriage is always a traumatic time for both parties. Going through a divorce can be a difficult and complicated process but it need not be. Brydens Lawyers have been expertly helping people through the traumatic process of a divorce for over 40 years.
When can I divorce?
There are laws with regards to when a person can make an application for a divorce. Generally a divorce application cannot be made within 12 months of the marriage. There are however circumstances which permit an exception to this general rule.
Also, in order to divorce it must be necessary to establish to the court’s satisfaction that the parties have been living separately and apart for at least 12 months. This does not mean that the parties must be living in separate residences. They must however cease cohabitating as husband and wife.
Is it expensive to divorce?
It is of course open to a person to make an application for a dissolution of a marriage themselves through the court system. However given the serious nature of the proceedings it is probably best that you engage legal representation to ensure that the application is properly drafted and brought before the court.
There is a filing fee on the application for dissolution in the order of $845.00. This sum is reviewed on 1 July of every year. The legal costs in addition to same usually amount to about $350 plus GST. Of course costs will be discussed with you in detail when instructions are provided. The costs are not a lot of money for peace of mind in having the application expertly drafted and presented on your behalf to the court.