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. Our divorce solicitors can advise on all aspects of the divorce process and explain the options available to you.
The divorce process generally follows the following format:
The application, detailing the grounds for divorce, is submitted to the court via an online portal to begin the process. It is necessary to send your original marriage certificate when lodging the petition for divorce.
The only grounds for divorce is that the marriage cannot be saved. We now have a “no fault” divorce.
The spouse who receives the Divorce Application and the other documents then needs to acknowledge receipt of the papers; this is a legal process known as the Acknowledgement of Service. Essentially, they are confirming they have received the divorce Application.
This is done online too. There then follows a 20 week mandatory “cooling off” period.
Once the 20 weeks have elapsed, you can then apply for the conditional order for divorce. This is the court saying the marriage can be dissolved.
To obtain the conditional order for divorce proceedings, a certified statement is filed with the court confirming the contents of the Divorce Petition.
This is the final decree which dissolves the marriage. If the financial aspects of the divorce have not been dealt with it may be agreed to hold off applying for the final decree.
It is important that the children finances are settled before the marriage is dissolved.
If you are looking for any further information on the laws related to divorce, please read any of the relevant articles put together by our divorce solicitors in Southport and Ormskirk. Each of them take a look at issues that relate to a divorce and/or separation.
We have been advising people in relation to divorce and separation for over 200 years, advising clients 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.