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How to get a divorce | a step by step guide

Published: 22nd June 2020
Area: For the individual
Going through a divorce or separation can be one of the most stressful periods in your life and if you're unsure of what the divorce process is, or how it works in practice, then the whole thing can feel a little bit overwhelming.

New legislation, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act, was introduced on the 6 April 2022, which has completely overhauled the law and now means that one party can start or a couple can jointly start, proceedings without the need to apportion blame or offering a reason for the divorce.

Divorce terminology is also changing too, bringing the process into the 21st century. Making each element of divorce as clear as possible will reduce confusion and help people to understand the process they’re embarking on a little easier.

Here we break down the process of getting a divorce into seven steps.. Steps one to four explain how to start divorce proceedings. The latter three steps explain the process of completing the divorce.

Guiding you through the divorce process

The complicated part of the divorce process is not the dissolving of the marriage, but dealing with issues surrounding it such as those involving children or finances.

Our team of family lawyers can help support you and advise on the options available to complete your divorce process, whether this is making child arrangements and ensuring that the disruption and emotional stress is kept to a minimum, or securing the best financial settlement for you to secure your future.

The process of divorce can be emotional and the actions you take in the early stages can set the tone for everything that follows. If you’re about to start divorce proceedings either jointly or separately, or currently going through the separation process, then speak to one of our divorce lawyers. We’re here to guide you through the maze of emotions and legal responsibilities, every step of the way.

If you think you are ready to see how this process could work for you, you can make a first confidential enquiry by clicking on the button below.

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Child arrangement orders when divorcing or separating

In this guide we take a look at what approaches you can take when making child arrangements through divorce.

How we can help

Children - Parenting through a separation is never easy. Our team of experts are on hand to guide you through the process of making child arrangement orders, always ensuring the long-term interests of your children remain at the heart of every child custody decision.

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International Families - Our international family law solicitors are experienced in dealing with cross-border relationships. We will work alongside lawyers in other countries to secure the best outcome for you and your family if a relationship breaks down.

Mediation, Arbitration & Collaborative Law - When a relationship ends, it doesn’t mean financial issues or child arrangements have to be settled in court. Our mediation lawyers can help you reach a solution that works for you and your ex-partner, offering you more control and flexibility over the decisions being made

Cohabitees Agreements - Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as ‘common law’, meaning many unmarried couples fail to recognise their lack of legal protection if they separate. Our cohabitation law specialists can help you prepare a legally-binding agreement to protect your financial interests.

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