Divorce Procedure

If you have made the decision to end your marriage or civil partnership, then you will need to follow a number of divorce procedures to successfully obtain a divorce. Our expert team of divorce solicitors can help you through the process.

The formal divorce process has three steps.

1. Issuing the Divorce Proceedings

One of the parties has to issue divorce proceedings based on fault. The grounds for divorce are as follows:

  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Adultery
  • Two years separation
  • Five years separation
  • Desertion

These are needed to prove to the court that this is the reason you want your marriage to end. After this you will have to serve divorce papers to your former partner.

You will need to apply to the courts for a divorce. A ‘Divorce Petition’ will need to be filled in, Beeston Shenton can do this for you.

2. Apply for a ‘Decree Nisi’

Once the courts have received the document and both you and your spouse have both told the court that they agree, you can apply for a Decree Nisi. This means you will receive a document that says the court sees no reason you can’t get a divorce.

3. Get a ‘Decree Absolute’

Finally, six weeks after successfully applying for a Decree Nisi, you can apply for a Decree Absolute. This document is the document that legally ends your marriage or civil partnership.

Free Initial Divorce Consultation

Beeston Shenton Solicitors offer initial consultations free of charge. To find out more get in touch with us today.


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