How to get a Divorce
Navigating the legal maze
What is involved?
Freeths’ team of family law solicitors know that divorce is not easy. We can help by ensuring that your matter is dealt with efficiently and with sensitivity. If your marriage has irretrievably broken down and divorce is the only option, you will need to decide on the fact to be relied on within the petition to establish grounds for divorce.
This fact could be adultery, behaviour, separation for two years (with consent), desertion for two years, or separation for five years (without consent). You must have been married for more than one year before you can start a divorce.
We will work with you to gather all of the relevant information, prepare and issue the petition, and advise you on the issues that need to be considered when getting divorced. The procedure can take 5-6 months, but may take longer if issues with finances need to be resolved.
Once the facts of the breakdown of the marriage have been established, the court can issue Decree Nisi. Six weeks and one day later, you can then apply for Decree Absolute, making your divorce final. Sometimes, there are reasons why applying for the final Decree Absolute should be delayed.
Why choose Freeths?
- We have a successful record in reaching financial agreements, without the need to go to court
- Our nationally renowned family lawyers have an extensive experience in calmly handling divorce
- We develop innovative solutions to difficult problems, carefully tailored to your individual needs
- You can trust our team to take a sensitive, empathetic approach to your personal situation
- We are ranked in the top tier by both the Legal 500 and Chambers for family law advice
The family team at Freeths encourage their clients to try and resolve their issues amicably.
It may be appropriate for you to consider mediation, collaborative practice or other methods of negotiation to avoid costly court involvement. However, if matters cannot be resolved amicably, an application to the court may be necessary.
All of our team are members of Resolution, a family law professionals’ group committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive, non-confrontational way that puts the best interests of any children first.
Financial issues are usually resolved at the same time as the divorce, or shortly after, covering things like maintenance and what will happen to the marital home and other assets. Our experienced family lawyers will explain the various different approaches that you can use to resolve everything. Our aim is to help you reach an agreement so that a formal order can be prepared and approved by the court.
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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?
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