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Getting a Divorce is rarely easy. The process can be a painful but sometimes necessary one. You may be thinking about divorce and want to understand the implications before committing to a decision, or have already made the decision to end your marriage.
We will listen to your concerns and guide you through the divorce process in a sympathetic and supportive manner.
We understand the emotional challenges and financial worries which you may face going through a divorce. Our experienced Enfield family law solicitors will strive to achieve the best possible solutions for all related matters such as the financial arrangements on divorce/civil partnership dissolution and the arrangements for children on separation
What is involved?
In the majority of cases the legal process of ending a marriage can be undertaken without the need for you to attend court.
Provided you have been married for one year, the divorce application is started by filing a petition. If your marriage has broken down irretrievably, the divorce can be based on adultery, unreasonable behaviour, or desertion (often referred to as fault based grounds) or separation of at least two or five years (non-fault based).
Nowadays the basis for divorce has much less significance. Having made the difficult decision to get divorced, it is usually preferable to decide on the approach that will bring the marriage to an end as swiftly and cost effectively as possible.
Our expert team of divorce solicitors will help you choose the basis for your divorce or advise you how to respond to a divorce petition if you have received one, ensuring that your interests are protected at all times. If your case is more complicated, involving international issues or an uncooperative spouse, we will take the necessary steps on your behalf to make sure your case does not become drawn out.
If the court is satisfied that your marriage has broken down and that all the formalities have been complied with, a Decree Nisi will be issued. This is the first stage. A Decree Absolute brings the marriage to an end and this can be applied for six weeks and one day after the Decree Nisi has been issued, although we may advise you to defer taking the final step until a financial settlement is in place.
In many cases divorce will be the most obvious and suitable way of dealing with the marriage breakdown but we will help you consider all the alternatives including nullity, judicial separation and separation agreements before making the right decision for you.