The process of divorce can be draining both mentally and emotionally. Here at Prentice Family Law, we care about the wellbeing of our clients and are on hand to assist offering divorce solicitors in Guildford as counsel.

If you find yourself ready to proceed with mediation or divorce proceedings and would like to enlist the help of divorce solicitors in Guildford, our practice is happy to help.

As a client you will be able to have access to a team of professionals dedicated to assisting you with counsel, advice, and support during your divorce proceedings. Not only will our dedicated team of professionals look to simplify the process for you to limit the amount of stress, but we will also offer expert advice and legal representation.

Discover what constitutes as grounds for divorce in a court of law

For those that wish to have our divorce solicitors in Guildford represent you, you will officially be regarded as the petitioner while your spouse will become known as the ‘other party’. The petitioner in a divorce case is only able to conduct a petition for divorce if a specific condition applies.

These conditions are referred to as grounds for divorce and can include a few distinct reasons. One of the grounds includes an act of separation between the two parties where a spouse is living away from the shared marital home or has deserted their partner for an extended period of time.

Another reason that warrants grounds for divorce is when infidelity takes place within a marriage known as adultery. If your spouse has been unfaithful to you and as a result you feel that you cannot in good faith continue to stay in the union, you will be able to file a petition for divorce based on these grounds.

In addition to acts of adultery and separation, a spouse may be able to file for divorce when they deem the behaviour of their husband or wife as unreasonable and feel they can no longer remain in the marriage with them as a result of their actions or behaviour.

Understanding the announcement of decree nisi and what it means for you as a client

In legal terms decree nisi is a way of announcing that your grounds for divorce are valid and that the divorce can take place. A legal document will be presented stating this and outlining that the court does not see any factor to stop the proceedings from taking place.

After you receive a decree nisi you will receive an order from the court. This is the next step in the process and the order pertains to the finances of the married couple. It will be established early on in the divorce proceedings, but will only be conducted later once the entire process is complete. Following this, both the petitioner and the other party will be presented with the decree absolute.

Should I consider mediation before filing for divorce from my spouse?

If you find yourself considering filing for divorce, we recommend that our clients think about going into divorce mediation as the first step. This may lead to both parties parting ways amicably and quickly rather than becoming involved in a lengthy divorce proceeding.