Divorce & Separation

The breakdown of a relationship can be an emotional and confusing time. We have helped many people through the divorce process and reach an outcome that they are satisfied with.

We have the experience and expertise to get you the outcome you want. We take a common sense approach to the divorce process and will let you know, in straightforward terms, exactly what will happen, how long it will take and how much it will cost.

Divorce can be complex but we aim to make things as easy to understand as possible. We can advise on all aspects of the divorce process and explain the options available to you. The divorce process generally follows the following format:

Step 1 – Divorce Petition

The petition, detailing the grounds for divorce, is sent to the court to begin the process. Where there are children, a separate document called the Statement of Arrangements for Children is also lodged with the court. It is also necessary to send your original marriage certificate when lodging the petition for divorce.

Step 2 – Acknowledgement of Service

The spouse who receives the Divorce Petition and the other documents then needs to acknowledge receipt of the papers; this is known as the Acknowledgement of Service. Essentially, they are confirming they have received the divorce petition.

Step 3 – Decree Nisi

When the Acknowledgement of Service has been completed and filed with the court, you can then apply for the Decree Nisi. This is the court saying the marriage can be dissolved unless sufficient grounds be shown to the court that it should not be dissolved.

To obtain the Decree Nisi, a sworn statement is filed with the court confirming the contents of the Divorce Petition.

Step 4 – Decree Absolute

This is the final decree which dissolves the marriage. If the financial aspects of the divorce have not been dealt with it may take longer to obtain the Decree Absolute as it is important that the finances are settled before the marriage is dissolved.

For further information, please read our articles on issues that relate to a divorce and separation:

– Pensions on Divorce

– Divorce and Separation

– Divorce and Family Law Services

– Beware of Internet Divorces

– The Rise of the Silver Splitter

We have been advising people in relation to divorce and separation for over 200 years in Ormskirk, Burscough, Southport, Mawdesley, Wigan, Skelmersdale, Parbold and across Lancashire and Merseyside. Our specialist divorce solicitors will be able to help you with your legal requirements. We offer a personal service that is unique to you and your needs.

If you would like to speak to us about the divorce process and how we can help you; please call us on 01695 574 201 or email Alexandra Kenyon.

If you would like to discuss matters further or obtain a no obligation quote please contact Alexandra Kenyon or call our office.

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