How To Get A Divorce?

how to get a divorce

The decision to get a divorce is a hard and often complicated one that poses many different questions.

It is not a decision to be taken lightly, however staying in the current situation is not always feasible for the individual or both parties involved. The confusion surrounding how to get a divorce is partly due to the fact that it is a personal issue for everyone involved. This means that people don’t discuss how it works or what it entails with family members or friends out of fear of judgement. On the following page we hope to answer the question of how to get a divorce as well as providing information on the next steps to take if you are thinking about getting a divorce.

What is divorce?

Divorce in  the technical context is “the termination of a marital union, the cancelling and/or reorganising of the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage, thus dissolving the bonds of matrimony between a married couple under the rule of law of the particular country and/or state.”

In layman’s terms this is more commonly known as the breakdown of a relationship to the point where a complete separation is needed. The divorce element of the relationship is where the involvement of a divorce solicitor is required.

The reasons for a divorce are completely down to the individuals involved however there are always common reasons that are associated such as adultery or lack of independence. These reasons can be important due to the nature of the court system requiring a reason for the divorce.

Should I get a divorce?

Divorce can be a stressful and life changing experience so making the decision should not be made on a whim. When making your decision it is important to focus on exact reasons on why you are seeking a divorce as this will be involved in the court process itself.

We would always recommend that you investigate exactly how to get a divorce. This will allow you to properly comprehend the process and prepare you for all possible situations.

When making your decision it is common for one of the individuals involved to not be aware of the divorce. Perhaps they don’t feel the situation is as negative as the other. There can be a feeling of wanting to rush to get a divorce, to get out of the situation and make your life better again. This isn’t always the case for everyone, there is circumstances where the situation doesn’t improve at all even with the other individual not involved.

Another dilemma facing individuals getting a divorce is how it will effective others such as family and children. This is by far one of the most common reasons why people don’t partake as they fear it could emotionally harm their children. All of these decisions need to be weighed up so you can be confident in the decision that you are going to make.

How to get a divorce

The process of getting a divorce can be complicated so below we will explain the process in a step by step guide.

  • File the application for divorce
    Send the initial documentation to the court which officially starts the divorce proceedings. This documentation includes the application and the marriage certificate.
  • Application served to the Respondent
    The application is checked by the court who make sure it fits their requirements. The application is then sent to the respondent.
  • Respondent acknowledges application
    The respondent returns the form and notes whether or not they wish to dispute the divorce. This is usually meant to be returned within 7 days.
  • Confirmation of your application
    The individual who made the initial application must then fill in an Acknowledgement of Service form to confirm the facts found in the original application. This is done under oath to confirm the facts stated in the application.
  • Decree nisi
    When the Court has received all the relevant information they will confirm a date on which the Decree Nisi will be pronounced in Court.
  • Decree absolute
    The application can then apply for the Decree Absolute. This document is the official confirmation of the divorce.
  • Return of the Decree absolute
    When the Court has granted the decree this officially stats that both parties are divorced.

How we can help

Myerson Solicitors specialist Family Law solicitors are well practiced in the area of divorce. This means that we can provide expert and personal advice that makes the process less stressful and completely catered towards your needs.

Our Divorce Solicitors are members of Resolution an association which promoted a non-confrontational settings where family matters can be addressed.

For more information about the divorce services we offer please see our service page.

If you wish to contact us regarding starting a divorce procedure you can either call us, contact us by email or use the contact form on the right of this page. We promise to be discreet in all forms of contact so please state how you would like to be contacted.

More Information

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