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This article was published on August 12th, 2022
The decision to leave your spouse is rarely an easy one. Whilst there are numerous reasons why relationships break down, the decision to dissolve a legally binding contract can be extremely upsetting emotionally and also financially damaging. When the decision is finally made and you are ready to take the first steps to initiate divorce proceedings, we are here to help.
The introduction of no-fault divorce has eliminated the need to prove that one party was at fault for the marriage ending. Instead, both parties can mutually agree that the marriage has broken down, removing the need for blame.
Marriage is a legal contract and, like any contract, it often requires a solicitor to fill out and complete the necessary paperwork and process it through the courts to get it actioned.
Using a solicitor to assist you with your divorce will incur costs for their time and professional advice however, it is prudent to use a legal professional for a divorce particularly if you have extensive assets which will need to be shared fairly. The legal fees will vary depending on the complexity of your case and how many assets will need to be divided.
It depends! There is no set time as it is often dependent on the nature of your divorce, or where you live and how busy the courts are in your area also affects the time it takes to process.
The introduction of no-fault divorce has seen a minimum timeframe of 20 weeks from the start of the proceedings to make a Conditional Order. This was introduced as a ‘period of reflection’ to counteract concerns that the new reforms would make divorce an easier option than attempting to save a marriage. There is then the second period of six weeks between the Conditional Order and Final Order.
If you are thinking about divorce, or, if you would like to discuss other family matters, please our family law team on FREEPHONE 0800 1979 345.
Thorneycroft specialist divorce solicitors offer expert help and advice on the legal and financial implications of a relationship breakdown. Each member of the team has the required skills to negotiate a financial settlement ensuring a positive outcome for you.
If you live in Macclesfield, Buxton, Holmes Chapel or surrounding areas and require divorce law advice or to discuss your separation in more detail please call one of our specialist solicitors or complete our simple online enquiry form.