Relationship breakdown can be emotional and confusing. The decision to divorce or separate can be difficult and is not one that should be taken lightly.

The mechanics of obtaining a divorce nowadays are usually quite straightforward, particularly if the couple agrees that the marriage is over.  The difficulties tend to lie in resolving the related practical issues stemming from divorce such as how to separate, where to live, arrangements for the children and any money matters.

Your attention will probably be concentrated on those related issues and the process of actually obtaining a divorce may seem blurred.  The purpose of this leaflet is to outline a broad framework of the divorce process, to highlight key points and set out the sort of time-table to expect.

Anyone who has been married for over a year can start divorce proceedings, provided one or other of the couple is either domiciled here or has been resident in England and Wales during the whole of the preceding year.  It does not matter where the couple were married.

The only ground for divorce is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.  A divorce will only be granted if one of the five facts laid down by law proving irretrievably breakdown is established.  The process is commenced by the issuing at court of a Divorce Petition.  The person who starts the divorce is called the Petitioner because they send a Divorce Petition to the court.  The other person responds and therefore is called the Respondent.

Our team has the necessary knowledge and experience to guide through the divorce process and the best result for you. To find our more about divorce procedure and our service call us now on 0207 193 0795 or email us on divorce@premierdirectlaw.com.


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