5 Things You Need to Know About Divorce and Dissolution

29 July 2022
When ending a marriage, you’ll need to apply for a divorce - for a civil partnership, this is referred to as a dissolution. Ending a significant relationship in your life is a big event - not only is it emotionally draining but there are lots of things to consider other than just simply separating from your partner. Dividing up your assets, custody of children, financial settlements - the list can seem endless. If you feel unprepared and overwhelmed, don’t worry - the expert solicitors at John Fowlers are here to help you every step of the way, starting now.
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Let’s take a look at the top five things that you need to know about divorce and dissolution.

Joint & Sole Applications

You can apply for a divorce or dissolution either together, through a joint application, or one partner can make a sole application. Note that you can only apply once you have been in your marriage or partnership for at least one year. If you are the respondent of a sole application from your partner and you wish to dispute this, we strongly advise that you speak to one of our solicitors in Colchester for advice on this matter.


A divorce or dissolution will typically take at least 6 months to complete, even if your case is considered a straightforward one. Aspects that can increase this timeframe include dealing with separate issues such as money, children and other assets.


You will need to pay a court fee of £593 when you apply for a divorce or dissolution, which you can split with your partner. If you are making a sole application, we advise that you obtain their share of the fee before you apply. You may be able to receive help with paying the fee, for example if you are on a low income or benefits. If only one of you is eligible for help with the fees, that person should make a sole application so that you may receive financial help. There will also be costs involved if you are using our services. 

Children, Money & Assets

It is best to settle any issues regarding money, child custody and assets with your partner before you apply for your divorce or dissolution to avoid prolonging the process of your case. It is not a necessity, and you can still make your application without doing so, but we highly advise this if you can to make matters less complicated for all parties.

Getting help from a solicitor

It is always in your best interest to get advice from a professional before you go ahead with your application for divorce or dissolution. Our solicitors who specialise in divorce and other areas of civil litigation can help to make the process smoother and easier for you. We can speak with your partner and their solicitor on your behalf, represent you in court, and ensure that you get the best outcome possible.

If you require further information and support regarding divorce and dissolution matters, please get in touch with our team of family law solicitors in Colchester.