To be eligible for a divorce here in England your marriage needs to be legally recognised and you must have been married for over a year. You or your partner need to be a permanent resident of the UK and you must be able to show that your marriage has irretrievably broken down and that there is no chance of a reconciliacion. You need to be able to provide proof of the reason for the breakdown of your marriage and unfortunately this can be a complicated matter. To prove that your marriage has broken down you need evidence of either adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion or separation. If you both agree to a divorce then you need to be able to show evidence that you have been living separately for the last two years. If your partner does not agree to the divorce then you need to show evidence that you have been separated for at least 5 years. Divorce can be a difficult and traumatic situation to find yourself in and once you decide that you no longer want to stay in a relationship, finding evidence to put in an application for divorce, complicates the matter much further and results in significant dispute and discord.
Speak to our specialist divorce solicitors in Weybridge
Here at Prentice Family Law we are here to offer our knowledge and expertise to ease this process for you. Our divorce solicitors in Weybridge have over 20 years of experience in dealing with family law and by seeking our specialist advice and assistance from the outset you will pave the way for a successful outcome for you and your loved ones. If you have decided that you no longer want to remain in your marriage, or you have been served with a divorce from your partner then contact our divorce solicitors in Weybridge today. If you have come to a mutual agreement with your partner that you would like to dissolve the marriage, then you can decide who will serve the divorce and you may also agree on the reasons for the divorce, and this will help simplify the process significantly. Whichever situation you may find yourself in, our divorce solicitors in Weybridge understand that it is difficult and our specialist team is here to provide a friendly face and be the voice of reason throughout the process.
The application process
Firstly you need to complete the court’s divorce petition form, to send a petition to your partner by which they will either agree to the divorce or they will defend themselves against the divorce. If your partner agrees to the divorce they will inform the court, then you will proceed to applying for a decree nisi. This is an acknowledgement from the court that you are allowed to go through with your divorce. After a waiting period of 6 weeks you will have permission to apply for a decree absolute, which is a document issued by the court that confirms the end of your marriage.
If unfortunately your partner decides to defend themselves against your divorce proceedings then the matter can become more complicated and lengthy. Speak to our divorce solicitors in Weybridge today and we will assist you throughout the process to ensure minimal delays or complications and a positive outcome for everyone involved.