How a Divorce Works and the Stages of Getting a Divorce

June 30, 2020 4:08 pm


One of the unfortunate consequences of the lockdown in the UK has been many breakdowns in relationships. People being stuck together at home 24/7, as well as the additional pressure of home-schooling children and financial worries around job losses can result in existing problems being pushed to the fore as well and result in relationship breakdown.

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The decision to divorce is not a quick or light-hearted decision, and in what is a very challenging time for most people, this is a decision that needs to be talked through thoroughly. If this is the situation that you now find yourself in, and wish to proceed with a divorce, this is how you go about getting the ball rolling.

It is important that you understand the grounds for divorce. If you can both agree on the grounds, this will mean that the divorce is completed more quickly. Discuss it with each other so that they don’t have a shock and react in anger when the papers arrive with no warning.

You will probably need a solicitor specialising in family law, particularly if there are children or properties involved, as things can become quite messy if you try to do it yourself – this solicitor family law Gloucester based Dee and Griffin are an example of a solicitor who will be able to help with this.

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One you have agreed on the reasons for the divorce, you will then need to apply for a divorce. This then where the court will be involved, and you will need to pay court fees. Once it starts going through the courts, you will first receive a document known as a decree nisi – this will be the first part, you will then need to wait for a period of 6 weeks and 1 day – a ‘cooling off period’ before you can apply for the decree absolut – this is the document that officially ends the marriage.