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Our divorce solicitors, based in Bromley, Beckenham and Blackheath, in South East London and Kent, are experienced in guiding individuals through the divorce process. Our team successfully protects our clients' personal and financial interests during a divorce.
Individuals often approach us before formally separating from their spouse, in order to gather information and receive advice. We understand the law of divorce at a deep level, and ensure we stay up to date on any changes in the law in order to provide our clients with the clearest, most up-to-date legal advice available.
Our family specialists understand that sensitivity, confidentiality and empathy are needed when a dissolution of marriage is being worked through, especially if the divorce petition was served unexpectedly. With our experience and our years of combined expertise, we can assure you that you will receive professional, competent advice at this difficult time.
The Divorce Process
In order to apply for a divorce you must have been married for more than 12 months. Anyone applying for a Divorce Order can do so individually or jointly with their spouse. The Court will issue the Application and after a minimum period of 20 weeks, the applicant(s) will confirm that they wish the Application to continue and apply for the Conditional Order. This is the penultimate order.
Six weeks and one day after the Conditional Order being made, the applicant(s) can apply to the Court for the Final Divorce Order, although you should not do so without first seeking advice as to the implications. Once that is granted you are divorced.
The Sole Ground for Divorce
The law relating to divorce changed on 6 April 2022 removing the requirement to assign blame by providing evidence of conduct such as unreasonable behaviour and adultery, or relying upon a period of separation, in support of a divorce. Instead, a divorce Application now simply requires the applicant(s) to provide a statement that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. No evidence is required beyond making this statement.
The ability to defend the decision to divorce has also been removed.
How Long Does a Divorce Take?
A straight-forward divorce will take at least six months (26 weeks) to complete due to (1) the minimum period of 20 weeks between the issue of the Application and when the applicant(s) may apply for a Conditional Order and (2) the further minimum period of 6 weeks between the Conditional Order and the applicant(s) being entitled to apply for the Final Order.
The intention behind the minimum periods is to allow the parties a period of reflection and to endeavour to agree practical arrangements for the future. Disagreements about the finances involved can prolong the process considerably.
Our team of divorce solicitors have the necessary experience and in-depth knowledge of family law and procedures to move divorce proceedings along efficiently, whilst ensuring our client’s best interests are being protected. We will provide practical, uncomplicated advice on the divorce itself as well as matters surrounding any children you and your estranged spouse have together and the matrimonial finances.