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Divorce can be one of the most stressful life changes that you will go through, it can significantly impact your family’s life and finances if it isn’t dealt with correctly, that is most likely the reason you have come here, to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer.
At CP Law Associates we have a dedicated team of experienced divorce lawyers in Guildford and Southampton, that cover the whole of the UK. We will guide you through your options and support you in getting through your divorce successfully.
When experiencing problems within your marriage, it is important to at first seek help from a trained relationship councilor. If the problems within your marriage persist after this, then it is time to seek legal advice and consider your options for a divorce.
In England and Wales, it is important to note the following: To get a divorce, you must have been married for more than a year and you have to be able to show that the relationship has broken down over one of the following reasons:
- You, or your spouse has committed adultery
- Your spouse is behaving in a way that makes you no longer want to live with them
- You have been separated for 2 years and your spouse agrees to the divorce
- You have been separated from each other for 5 years or more
It can take around 12 weeks to obtain a divorce.
At CP Law Associates we can provide the advice that you need to guide you through a divorce and for the divorce to be a somewhat easier process than the do it yourself guides that you may find online. If you are looking for marital advice please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow the 4 basic steps to divorce written by one of our lawyers below:
The 4 basic steps
If you want to get a divorce in England or Wales, you’ll need to have been married for at least a year. You’ll also need to be a permanent resident in either country.
If you’re the person filing for divorce, you’re known as the ‘petitioner’. To help you understand the divorce process, we’ve broken it down into 4 easy steps:
Step 1: Divorce petition
First, you’ll need to file for a divorce and express your reasons why. This is called a divorce petition.
Step 2: Decree Nisi / conditional order
Secondly, your lawyer will help you apply for something called a ‘decree nisi’. Other law firms may call this a conditional order. This is when you state your grounds for divorce and the court provides permission for you to legally separate.
Step 3: Divorce financial settlement / child custody
Before you apply for a ‘decree absolute’, it’s usual for people to agree on how their children will be cared for and how their assets will be separated via a consent order, divorce financial settlement or child arrangement order.
This step is actually separate to the divorce itself, but is naturally part and parcel of the process.
Step 4: Decree Absolute / final order
Once you have your Decree Nisi and you have agreed on how your children will be cared for and how your assets will be separated, you can apply for ‘Decree Absolute’ or ‘final order’. This is the final stage that legally ends your marriage. You can apply for a Decree Absolute 43 days after you have been granted a decree nisi.
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