Since the firms founding (2000) GIRGIN Family Law have specialised in all areas of divorce. Mr.GIRGIN with an experience of over 20 years so whatever your situation is, it will be familiar to us.
Beginning the divorce process may be another step in what has already been a frustrating and challenging journey for you and your relationship.
You may have children, shared assets, pensions and share a home with your spouse; all of which can be difficult to handle, particularly if you and your spouse can’t agree on arrangements or how assets are to be divided.
To save further heartache and difficulties in the future, it’s better to seek out tailored divorce advice early in the process.
An experienced divorce lawyer will outline how you can protect yourself from future legal disagreements while guiding you towards a fair settlement that will allow you to move on with your life.
To be eligible for divorce or to end a civil partnership, you need to have been married or in the civil partnership for 12 months or more.
If this is not the case, you can apply to annul the marriage or complete a (judicial) separation application.
If you separate but do not get divorced, you will remain legally tied to your spouse. This means both that you will still be husband and wife and you will remain financially tied. The financial claims that arise upon divorce also remain open and can be addressed at a later date.
It is possible to go through a legal process called judicial seperation whereby you remain married but legally separated, which can also deal with most but not all financial claims. In practice, this is rarely used.
Getting divorced legally brings your marriage to an end, so that you are no longer husband and wife.
It is essential to understand that the divorce in itself does not end the financial obligations that arise within marriage, and this requires a separate order that sits alongside the divorce.
There are three key stages in the divorce process. These are as follows:
- Decide on the legal reasons on which you wish to rely for divorce
- Complete a divorce petition
- Submit the petition to a divorce court
However, the act of divorce itself does not put an end to the financial relationship between you and your partner.
To separate your finances, you must reach a financial settlement; a legally binding decision on how assets and wealth will be split now the marriage has ended.
The divorce process takes on average 10 weeks to 24 months (in Turkey)