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Divorce

We understand that this can be a very upsetting and worrying time and we are here to help. We can guide you through what is a relatively straightforward process in a calm and informative way.

On 6 April 2022, new no-fault divorce laws came into force. As a result, there is no longer a need for either party to assign blame on the other for the breakdown of their marriage. It is intended that “no-fault” divorces will allow couples to separate in a more amicable fashion, with less conflict, allowing them to focus their attention on the key issues such as financial arrangements, property and children.

 

The new Divorce Order consists of a Conditional Order which replaces the Decree Nisi and a Final Order in place of the Decree Absolute. The Petitioner is now known as the Applicant.

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 also introduces a minimum period of 20 weeks between the start of proceedings and application for conditional order. This provides couples with a meaningful period of reflection and the chance to reconsider. Where divorce is inevitable, it enables couples to cooperate and plan for the future.

It is no longer possible to contest a divorce, except on limited grounds including jurisdiction.

 

Advice offered will cover:

 

  • The divorce process itself

  • Timeframes and costs involved

  • Preparation of all court papers required for the process, filing these at court and taking you through to Decree Absolute.

When a relationship breaks down, there are many things to consider. One of these things is whether or not to start divorce proceedings - and it is normal to feel worried and apprehensive about what that will entail.

We will assist you with this process, which is actually relatively straightforward and doesn't need to be daunting once explained in easy-to-understand language.

All options can be discussed and bespoke advice will be offered around the following:

  • The divorce process itself, or dissolution of a civil partnership, or annulment of the marriage.

  • How the process works and assisting you in completing and filing correctly the required paperwork at the court

  • Financial and children matters arising from the divorce

  • Consideration as to whether the marriage is definitely over can also be given and advice provided as to where you can seek support if you feel matters are still capable of being resolved and a reconciliation possible.

Relationship advice

Relate is the UK's largest provider of relationship support, and last year helped over two million people of all ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities to strengthen their relationships. Find out more on its website www.relate.org.uk

For more information, or to book an appointment, call 01325 804751 or email donna@donnasandallfamilylaw.co.uk

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