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I Want To End My Marriage/Civil Partnership – What Steps Do I Need To Take?

 

The realisation that your marriage or civil partnership is at an end can be traumatic. At such a highly emotional time you need clear guidance and advice about what steps to take next.

A solicitor can advise you on the range of options available to assist you through this process which can include:

Mediation

Mediation is an alternative way to resolve family disputes out of court and enables couples to work through any issues in a controlled environment.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is a legal process that enables separating couples to work with their lawyers to achieve a settlement that best meets the individual needs of both parties and the children.

Court

In the event that the above options are not successful, as a last resort the court can decide on the issues for the parties.

File a divorce petition/ petition for dissolution

To begin the process you must fill in a divorce/dissolution petition. The form should include standard information such as your full name and address, spouse’s/partners full name and address, and the names and birth dates of any children. You will also need to file your marriage or civil partnership certificate. The petition will also need to state that your marriage/civil partnership has irretrievably broken down and include one of the four or five facts to establish this:

  • Adultery (not available for civil partnerships)
  • Unreasonable Behaviour
  • Desertion for more than two years
  • Two years separation by consent
  • Five years separation

There will be a fee to the court of £410 to issue the proceedings.

Apply for a decree nisi/conditional order

This document is the legal document that formally ends your marriage or civil partnership. You will need to wait six weeks after the decree nisi or conditional order of dissolution before you can apply for a decree absolute or final order.

Apply for a decree absolute/final dissolution

This document is the legal document that formally ends your marriage or civil partnership. You will need to wait six weeks after the decree nisi or conditional order of dissolution before you can apply for a decree absolute or final order.

Contact the experts

When going through this process it is crucial that you hire a solicitor. We are members of The Law Society Family Law Panel and Resolution and provide the highest level of representation to achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact our team today to find out about our funding options and how we can help you to navigate your way through this difficult time, call 0800 085 9684 for the South East or for the rest of the UK on 0845 602 3043.EdwardHayes-DivorceLawyers

 

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