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This article was published on November 11th, 2022
There is no denying that divorce is one of the hardest events that you will ever have to go through in life and that can be made all the more difficult by the confusing and contradictory advice surrounding the divorce process. As specialist divorce solicitors, we are often asked how divorce works and what to expect. In this article, our expert solicitors outline everything you need to know about the divorce process.
The first and most important part of the divorce process is getting in contact with an experienced divorce solicitor. Divorce can be complex and it is important to talk to a specialist that is familiar with the legalities.
At Thorneycroft Solicitors, we understand that the divorce process is difficult for everyone and there can be a variety of things to deal with. Whether it is issues regarding children or how to approach sharing assets, we can help you.
Our years of experience in dealing with family matters means that we are able to deal with every situation with an empathetic approach in what can be a very stressful time.
The introduction of ‘no-fault divorce’ back in April means that you can now apply for a divorce jointly if you both agree that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
We can assist you with completing the application. You’ll need to provide basic information about yourselves such as your name and address and details of your marriage. Once your application has been submitted, the court will acknowledge that they have received it and give you a case number.
This is the part of the divorce process where you need to provide your financial details. It is helpful if you can talk to your ex-partner about your finances so you can provide accurate details and come to an agreement.
Once you’ve completed the application, the court will issue it and send a copy to your ex-partner (the respondent). They will then fill out and send back an acknowledgement form confirming that they have received the application.
After the court has acknowledged receiving your divorce application, you need to wait for about 20 weeks from the start of the proceedings to make a Conditional Order. This was introduced as part of the no-fault divorce law as a ‘period of reflection’.
Once the court has issued a ‘conditional order’, you will need to wait a further six weeks and one day before you can apply for a ‘final order’. After you’ve applied for a final order, you need to wait for one more week for the court to officially end your marriage.
If you are considering a divorce and would like some advice from expert family solicitors, get in touch today by calling 0800 1979345 or filling out our simple enquiry form and we will get in touch to arrange a time that suits you.