The no fault divorce system was first introduced in April 2022. It has proven to be successful in making the divorce process more simple and more amicable than the previous legislation. The divorce process used to be very complex and confrontational. The previous legislation required that you prove that your partner has committed adultery, you had to list five or six examples of unreasonable behaviour, you had to live separately for two years if they agreed to the divorce and where they did not agree to the divorce you had to live separately for five years. This meant that the process was lengthy and resulted in much dispute, upset and distress. The new law requires that you agree that the marriage is no longer working whether there has been any adultery, unreasonable behaviour, separation or not, if you have simply fallen out of love with one another then this is sufficient.
Role of our solicitors
Our divorce solicitors in Guildford are here to explain the process to you further. It is important that you consult our divorce solicitors in Guildford before you make your application so that you can make an informed decision which is the right decision for you and everyone involved. Our divorce solicitors in Guildford can represent you locally, nationally and internationally as required. We deal with different types of family law including complex cases which involve domestic violence. Our divorce solicitors in Guildford understand that a divorce is a sensitive matter and it can be one of the most distressing times in your life and we will provide incomparable customer service and support throughout the process for you and your loved ones.
The application process
The application can be made online through the government website. You can make a postal application or our divorce solicitors in Guildford can make the application on your behalf. The application itself costs £593. Once the application has been made, if it is a joint application then you have to wait 20 weeks before you need to apply for a conditional order. If you have made a sole application then your partner will be given two weeks to acknowledge receipt of the proceedings after which you have to wait 20 weeks for the conditional order to be submitted. This will not be done automatically, our divorce solicitors in Guildford can remind you or submit the application for you accordingly.
During this time you will need to agree on all other legal issues with regards to your marriage. This includes your finances as well as your childcare arrangements. This is the complicated part of the divorce. Our divorce solicitors in Guildford will inform you about getting mediation to help come to the best arrangements for you and your family. We will make sure that you are aware of your rights and your obligations and our divorce solicitors in Guildford will make sure that all arrangements are fair for all parties involved and that they are in the best interests of your children. Agreements need to be written up officially and approved of by the court. This is an important step to take to prevent complications in the future. Circumstances can change and over the years you may have new commitments including a new partner or more children therefore if you have official arrangements in place your future life will be less complicated and subject to less change.