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Stages of Divorce in the UK

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Stages of Divorce

Going through a divorce can be one of the most challenging and emotionally charged experiences in life. It’s essential to have a clear understanding of the stages of divorce in the UK to navigate this legal process effectively. At Wildings Solicitors, we are here to provide you with comprehensive information on the divorce process, legal requirements, and how our expert solicitors can assist you at each stage.

Our Family Law Solicitors specialise in a range of matters. Our team has developed a reputation for being able to solve domestic disputes, regardless of how complicated. Our team of Family Solicitors regularly assist clients with DivorceChild Custody and Domestic Violence matters.

We recognise that family disputes can be emotionally exhausting, so our solicitors go the extra mile to deal with all of the practical and financial stress on your behalf.

Book your initial consultation with our Solicitors today and find out how our team of experts can find a positive solution to your matter. Request a call back using the contact form, freephone 0330 333 8797 or email us at info@wildings-solicitors.co.uk.

Stages of Divorce in the UK

The divorce process in the UK typically follows a series of stages, ensuring that all legal requirements are met and that the interests of both parties are considered. Here are the key stages:

  1. Filing for Divorce: The process begins with one spouse filing a divorce petition with the court. This document officially initiates the divorce proceedings.

  2. Response: The other spouse is given an opportunity to respond to the divorce petition, either agreeing or contesting the divorce.

  3. Financial Disclosure: Both parties are required to provide full financial disclosure, including details of assets, debts, and income.

  4. Negotiation: If applicable, negotiations for financial settlements, property division, and child custody arrangements take place during this stage.

  5. Court Proceedings: If agreements cannot be reached through negotiation, the case may proceed to court, where a judge will make decisions on unresolved issues.

  6. Decree Nisi: Once the court is satisfied that all legal requirements have been met, they grant a decree nisi, indicating that the marriage can be dissolved.

  7. Decree Absolute: After a waiting period of at least six weeks and one day from the decree nisi, the final decree absolute is issued, legally ending the marriage.

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Legal Requirements and Considerations

  • Grounds for Divorce: In the UK, divorce can be based on specific grounds, including adultery, unreasonable behavior, desertion, two years of separation with consent, or five years of separation without consent.

  • Financial Settlements: Financial matters are an integral part of divorce, and reaching a fair financial settlement is crucial for both parties.

  • Child Custody: Child custody and visitation arrangements must be determined, ensuring the best interests of the children involved.

Expert Guidance from Wildings Solicitors: Navigating the stages of divorce in the UK requires expert legal guidance. Our team at Wildings Solicitors specializes in family law matters and can assist you at every stage of the process.

Contact Us for a Consultation: If you are considering or going through a divorce, it’s important to have dedicated legal support. Contact Wildings Solicitors for a consultation today. We are here to provide you with the guidance and representation you need to make informed decisions and protect your interests.

For reliable and compassionate legal assistance, reach out to us now.

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Wildings Solicitors is Lexcel Accredited. The Lexcel Accreditation is the Law Society’s quality mark for excellence in practice management.

In situations where an amicable solution cannot be reached through negotiation, our Child Custody Solicitors will be on hand to support you through every stage of Court proceedings. Our experienced Family Law team can assist you with:

  • Residence Orders
  • Contact Orders
  • Parental Responsibility Agreements
  • Specific Issue Orders
  • Prohibited Steps Orders

Why Wildings Solicitors?

Client Care

Family Law matters can be delicate. Along with offering you practical support and advice throughout your matter, our Child Custody Solicitors will always go the extra mile to reduce the strain placed upon you and your loved ones.

Why Wildings Solicitors?

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What works for one family may not necessarily work for you. Our Solicitors reject the one-size-fits-all approach and instead focus on coming to a solution that is specific to the circumstances of you and your family.

Book your initial consultation with our Child Custody Solicitors in Birmingham & Manchester today. Freephone 0330 333 8797, request a callback or email info@wildings-solicitors.co.uk.

Questions You Might Have (FAQs)

General Quesitons

The duration of the divorce process varies depending on individual circumstances and the complexity of the case. It can take several months to over a year to complete.

Grounds for divorce in the UK include adultery, unreasonable behavior, desertion, two years of separation with consent, and five years of separation without consent. It’s essential to consult with a solicitor to determine the most appropriate grounds for your case.

Yes, many couples are able to reach financial settlements through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution methods without going to court. However, court proceedings may be necessary in certain cases.

Child custody arrangements aim to prioritize the best interests of the child. Parents can agree on custody and visitation, or the court may make decisions if an agreement cannot be reached.

Wildings Solicitors provides expert legal guidance, representation, and support at every stage of the divorce process. We ensure that your rights are protected, and you make informed decisions throughout the legal journey.

In some exceptional circumstances, such as cases involving domestic abuse or urgent financial matters, it may be possible to expedite the divorce process. Solicitors can advise on the best course of action based on your specific circumstances.

Financial Related

The process for negotiating a financial settlement can be done in two ways. Firstly, if financial matters are agreed upon between both parties a finance consent order can then be drafted and filed with the court alongside the relevant paperwork.

On the other hand, if matters are not agreed upon between parties and where there is a financial dispute regarding assets and finances, it would then be recommended to go through the court process of obtaining a financial order. This process is generally quite lengthy and consists of financial hearings and full financial disclosure from both parties. Once a settlement is agreed a final order will then be granted.

If Children Involved

If you have a genuine fear that your ex-partner will not return the children back to you or the UK where they are usually resident, we will make an emergency application with the Family Courts for a Prohibited Steps Order.

Unfortunately, grandparents do not have parental rights and therefore an application needs to be made to the court initially. You will need to ask the court for permission to make an application for contact under Form C100. Our team is on hand to support you through such cases.

If you have parental responsibility, our family team can make an application to the family courts requesting a contact arrangement.

Here at Wildings, we would guide you through the process, whilst ensuring that we obtain the best and most effective result for you.

In such cases, we would initially recommend mediation. Should matters continue to not be resolved, we would then advise you on what application should be made to the court to finalise arrangements.

About Your Safety

If you are in fear for your safety or have experienced either physical, verbal, emotional, or psychological abuse, control, coercion, harassment or threatening behaviour, we are able to make an ex-parte non-molestation order to protect you from the forms of harassment above.  Should there be an occupational dispute concerning property, we are also able to make an application for an occupation order.

It is essential for us to give you right guidance, please do not delay to take the first step and contact us!

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