Divorce and Separation

Family Law Solicitors in Salisbury & Chippenham

Every relationship is different and every divorce has its own issues and complications. At what can be a very difficult time in your life, we will do our best to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

A basic structure for the divorce process is: 

  • The petition and other documentation are 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). There are sometimes instances where, if financial negotiations are underway, the application for Decree Absolute must be postponed

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact Lin Cumberlin:


Lin Cumberlin

Chartered Legal Executive

Batt_Broadbent_Chippenham_Salisbury_Solicitor_Alix Austin

Alix Austen

Trainee Legal Assistant

You can leave us a message so we can contact you:

Salisbury Office:

01722 411 141

Chippenham Office:

01249 472 444

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