The Divorce Process

  • The petition and other documentation is usually sent to your ex-spouse (or their solicitors if they have instructed one). They will usually be given 14 days to suggest amendments after which the petition will be sent to the court.
  • The petition will be sent to the court along with your cheque for the sum of £550 made payable to “HMCTS” (the issue fee). The court will issue the petition and send this to your ex-spouse or their solicitors. They have 8 days in which to return an “Acknowledgment of Service” which gives them an opportunity to respond to the petition.
  • Once the court receives the completed acknowledgment of service from your ex-spouse, they will send us a copy (this should be around 14 days from the date on which the court sent the petition to your ex-spouse). Once received, we will prepare your “application for Decree Nisi (this is the interim divorce document) and send this to the court.
  • The court normally pronounces the Decree Nisi in 2 – 3 weeks and 6 weeks and 1 day after this has been pronounced you can apply for Decree Absolute (the final divorce document which replaces your marriage certificate).

the above is a basic structure for the divorce process. Of course every relationship is different and every divorce process has its own issues and there can be complications. We will do our best to ensure the process is as smooth as possible. There are sometimes instances where, if financial negotiations are underway, the application for Decree Absolute must be postponed although we will discuss this with you during the matter.

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