The legal system can be an enigma to most of us at the best of times. During traumatic times, such as going through a divorce, that is the last thing we want. What we need is honest, objective and uncomplicated advice!
Divorce law can be straightforward, however, as long as you know where to look and who to ask. It’s all about getting the right information in the least complex manner possible, and there is some basic information you can familiarise yourself with to start with.
Three main steps to getting divorced in the UK
The government’s guidance on divorce splits the process into 3 steps:
- Filing a divorce petition. This is your first step in the legal process. It is the declaration of your intention to divorce. You will need to complete the petition and send it to court. In it you will have to provide the reasons you are looking for a divorce.
- Decree nisi application. If your spouse agrees to your divorce petition, you can apply to the court for a decree nisi. This is a document from the court stating that it sees no reason why you should not divorce. If your spouse does not agree to your petition, you can still apply for the decree nisi but you will need to attend court to discuss your case.
- Decree absolute. After you receive your decree nisi, you will have to wait 6 weeks before you can confirm your decision to divorce by applying for a decree absolute. Once you receive your decree absolute, your marriage is legally ended.
Don’t forget that you can only apply for a divorce if you have been married for at least a year and your relationship has broken down permanently. Your marriage must be legally recognised in the UK and you must have a permanent home in England or Wales.
Although this all seems relatively straightforward, you will need the assistance of a solicitor where there are disagreements on the reasons for divorce or where you can’t agree on custody of any children or on finances, such as the division of money, possessions and property.
Legal advice offers relief to families
The Legal Team is a group of lawyers that includes experts in the field of divorce law; all with considerable knowledge and expertise in family law issues. These specialists are highly trained and are passionate about helping separating couples to get proper legal advice – which can be a huge relief for families.
All of the team’s family lawyers deal with clients with sensitivity, compassion and empathy, helping to make the divorce process far less stressful.