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What is the divorce process?

Stage 1 - Application For Divorce

To get a divorce in England and Wales, you need to show that you have been married for more than a year and that the marriage has “irretrievably broken down”. To do this you need to establish that you have grounds for divorce based on one of the following:

1. Adultery. Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live together.
2. Unreasonable Behaviour. Your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live together.
3. Two-Year Separation With Consent. You have been separated for 2 years and your spouse agrees to divorce.
4. Five-Year Separation. You have been separated for 5 years.
5. Desertion. Your spouse deserted you more than 2 years ago .

Our expert's will guide you to the right option. Once chosen, The Divorce Manager's experts will work with you to complete all necessary forms leaving you free from worry.

Stage 2 - Acknowledgement of Service

Once your Divorce Petition has been completed and sent to the relevant Court, it will be checked by the courts and issued to your husband/wife.

In legal proceedings, the person filing the initial papers is known as the Petitioner and your spouse is known as the Respondent.

Along with the divorce documentation, the Respondent will also be sent instructions on how to complete the Acknowledgment of Service documentation.

If we are working with you both, we can take care of all paperwork.

Once they have completed this document and returned it to the court, your divorce will then progress to Stage 3…

Stage 3 - Application for Decree Nisi

In effect, an application for a Decree Nisi is simply the process of asking the court to place your Divorce Petition and supporting documentation before a judge in order for him or her to consider whether to grant your divorce.

Your case Divorce Manager will complete all relevant Decree Nisi forms and documentation on your behalf; helping you progress to the final stage of your divorce quickly and with a minimum amount of stress.

Stage 4 - Application for Decree Absolute

After the declaration of your Decree Nisi, you will need to wait a further six weeks and one day, after which you are entitled to apply for a Decree Absolute.

Following the submission of this application to the Court, your Divorce Manager will then submit your application for Decree Absolute to the Court on your behalf. The Court will then declare your marriage dissolved. Please note that if you need a consent order (financial agreement) as part of your divorce that this should be filed before applying for a Decree Absolute.

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