When people get married, they dream for a lifetime, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. No one can ever be prepared to find themselves entering divorce proceedings. Every divorce situation is distinct and differs from the next person. Grant Saw Solicitors understand that every case is unique, and client’s needs are different.
Proceedings for divorce are to dissolve a partnership. It is the legal process to lawfully end a marriage or civil partnership. It brings about the resolution to other related issues such as financial matters and various arrangements for children, where applicable.
A divorce is necessary when a couple who has married or formed a civil partnership no longer want to continue their relationship. The new ‘no fault divorce’ legislation means couples can make the divorce application without passing blame one to the other without the option to contest the divorce application. A statement by one or both parties confirming the marriage or partnership has come to an irreparable state is acceptable by the court.
“The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act simplifies the process for divorce applications and proceedings. Under the new legislation, the process should be completed within six months from the date the application was issued,” said Ray Crudgington, Managing Partner, at Grant Saw Solicitors LLP.
The new legislation enables both parties to make a joint divorce application if they desire. It allows for one of the parties to apply for a divorce and removes the opportunity for the respondent to defend or contest the divorce application.
This allows many couples to issue divorce applications independently, however, it is advisable to consult with a divorce solicitor to assist with the final separation process. Divorce proceedings are usually stressful, and some can take a long period to be finalised.
The Court will send a notice of confirmation to the respondent who will need to reply to the application within 14-days. Once the ‘divorce order’ has been issued, the applicant can apply for a conditional order of divorce, which replaces the Decree Nisi after 20 weeks has passed. A further period of 6 weeks and one day (43 days) must pass after the conditional order before the applicant can apply for a final order.
This allocated time allows the couple to reconsider their decision and give them a chance to withdraw their application if they find reconciliation. The parties will need to submit a statement to the court and apply for a ‘final order’ and confirm their intent to divorce, which will then end the marriage.
Grant Saw Solicitors in London were established in 1851 with offices in Greenwich and Blackheath, offering a variety of legal services to individuals and businesses. They received recognition for excellence in industry standards and are proud owners of numerous awards and accreditations including Lexcel, the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), the Law Society’s family law accreditation and Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). In 2013, they received the global ISO 9001 standard, recognising firms that determine excellence. As members of LawNet, a national network of law firms, they provide advice, ideas and resources. With their friendly and modern approach combined with traditional excellence, they provide superior services to their clients. Visit, https://grantsaw.com/.