Getting a divorce / dissolving a civil partnership
The 4 basic steps
Right now, you are probably feeling deeply unhappy with your marriage or civil partnership, for many different reasons. Making you feel lost, overwhelmed and worried.
When a marriage or civil partnership first breaks down, it can be one of the most emotionally stressful times of your life and getting a divorce or dissolving a civil partnership can be no exception. But, it can be the start of a much happier, brighter future.
Setting out to get a divorce can seem really scary too. You've got to become familiar with legal processes and jargon that you know very little about - for some, dealing with the legalities of a divorce can feel like a fighting an uphill battle.
Especially, in an age where online divorces and other DIY methods are more readily available - those who go for these options quickly feel the weight of their divorce – adding even more stress, anxiety and worry to their lives.
That's why it's vital to find and work with a lawyer that will take the weight off, do the hard work for you and fight hard to protect your best interests.
That's where we step in - we'll do everything we can to make this very stressful time easier by providing sound legal advice, support and representation when you need it most.
Getting a Divorce
The 4 basic steps
If you want to get a divorce in England or Wales, you'll need to have been married for at least a year. You'll also need to be a permanent resident in either country.
If you're the person filing for divorce, you're known as the 'petitioner'. To help you understand the divorce process, we've broken it down into 4 easy steps:
First, you'll need to file for a divorce and express your reasons why. This is called a divorce petition.
Secondly, your lawyer will help you apply for something called a 'decree nisi'. Other law firms may call this a conditional order. This is when you state your grounds for divorce and the court provides permission for you to legally separate.
Before you apply for a 'decree absolute', it's usual for people to agree on how their children will be cared for and how their assets will be separated via a consent order, divorce financial settlement or child arrangement order.
This step is actually separate to the divorce itself, but is naturally part and parcel of the process.
Once you have your Decree Nisi and you have agreed on how your children will be cared for and how your assets will be separated, you can apply for 'Decree Absolute' or 'final order'. This is the final stage that legally ends your marriage. You can apply for a Decree Absolute 43 days after you have been granted a decree nisi.