Four stage process for divorceApart from dealing with any separate financial and/or children issues, outside this process, your divorce will proceed in four specific stages. It should take about
Divorce Timescale stage 1: We will send the divorce petition to the court with all supporting documentation. Along with the relevant court, the fee to start the process by recorded delivery. The court will then issue your divorce petition and will post a copy to you and a copy to your spouse along with various documents, including a form, called an Acknowledgement of Service.
up to 4 weeks 8 weeks
Divorce Timescale stage 2: up to Your spouse (the Respondent) needs to complete, sign and return the Acknowledgement of Service form to the court. This is to confirm that he/she has received the divorce petition and does not intend to defend it. If we are working with both of you, we will help with any questions they may have about this form. The court will send you a copy of this signed form. If your spouse fails to lodge an Acknowledgement we can usually arrange for the process server. This means to serve the papers personally on him or her, on payment of an additional fee.
2 weeks 8 weeks
Divorce Timescale stage 3: up to Assuming the Acknowledgement of Service form has been received we will need to lodge an application for decree nisi, together with a statement in support. On approval of the paperwork, the court will fix a hearing date for declaration of the decree nisi of divorce. Neither of you will need to attend this hearing as the court will post the decree nisi of divorce to us afterwards.
6 weeks 10 weeks
Divorce Timescale Stage 4 – after We can apply for the decree absolute after a minimum of six weeks and one day from the date of the decree nisi. Once the pronouncement of the decree absolute of divorce, your marriage will be dissolved.
However, we do not recommend stage 4 until any financial settlement (if appropriate) has the approval of the courts. In short, we want to ensure that you are both protected with your financial interests before the application of the decree absolute.
6 weeks 8-10 weeks
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