Experiencing marital issues? Are you looking for divorce solicitors in Weybridge? Then look no further than Prentice Family Law, professionals in the field of family law and divorce matters. We are here to provide you with friendly and professional service and deal with your individual and personal needs.

The definition of divorce

So what exactly is divorce? Our divorce solicitors in Weybridge will tell you that it is the formal dissolution of a marriage when it has irretrievably broken down as a consequence of one of five factors.

Essentially what our divorce solicitors in Weybridge will explain to you is that for you to be able to file for a divorce, you need to prove that your marriage has broken down due to adultery, separation for two years, separation for five years, desertion or unreasonable behaviour. If you are unable to prove any of these five factors, then you will not be able to obtain a divorce in the courts in England and Wales.

Divorce proceedings can either be very simple where both parties to the divorce are in agreement and have an amicable relationship, or they can be very lengthy and difficult whereby there is a lot of dislike, disagreement and dispute. Marriage or divorce should not be entered into lightly as both can impact your social, mental and physical well-being.

What is the procedure?

The party that wishes to initiate the divorce will need to file a petition with the court; this party is referred to as the petitioner. There are two parts to the divorce. The first part is known as the decree nisi; this is where the petitioner puts forward their case to the court and files the divorce proceedings. If the petitioner is able to convince the judge that the divorce has irretrievably broken down as a result of one of the five factors, then the court will grant an order stating the date on which the marriage will be dissolved unless there is very good reason for it not to be.

Once the decree nisi has been granted, the petitioner is required to wait 6 weeks before making an application to the court for the decree absolute. The decree absolute is issued when the court officially dissolves the marriage and you are divorced. Up until the decree absolute is granted, you are still married and all the laws and regulations regarding married couples will apply to you.

We know that divorce can be a challenging time for most and impacts not only the couple involved but their friends and family too. It is a life-changing and difficult decision to make, and we appreciate this; therefore, we will offer you as much emotional support as we can to make the process as stress-free and seamless as possible. It is important to also speak to friends and family for physical and emotional support in these challenging times, as they will be able to guide and encourage you, especially when things can get tough in the process.