Family law and divorce solicitors
Divorce solicitors for dissolution and separation
When do you need a divorce solicitor?
On the breakdown of your marriage or civil partnership, we can guide you through the process for obtaining a divorce, dissolution, or judicial separation.
With the introduction of no-fault divorce in April 2022, the procedure for divorce and dissolution has been streamlined and where parties are in agreement that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, the process is relatively straightforward.
We recommend that you speak to a divorce solicitor as soon as possible, both to reassure you at a difficult time and to ensure that you avoid making any early mistakes and take the right steps to reach the best possible outcome.
How Morr & Co's divorce lawyers can support you
At Morr & Co our team of divorce lawyers can help you to find your way through the process. We’ll listen with sensitivity to understand your concerns and provide clear, objective advice about the best way forward, tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. Our aim is always to take you beyond the needs of your immediate dispute and to focus on long-term goals and wider issues arising from your relationship breakdown.
For further information, please contact a member of our family team who will be able to help you with the next steps.
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Frequently asked questions about the Divorce process
Frequently Asked Questions
The first step is for an application for divorce to be lodged through the online portal by one spouse or by both spouses on a joint basis. There is no longer any requirement to set out or “prove” the reason for the divorce and the application simply records that one or both spouses consider that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
Once the application has been issued must wait a minimum of 20 weeks from lodging the Application before applying for the Conditional Order
Then 6 weeks after the Conditional Order, the Applicant(s) can apply for a Final Order
The total time frame of divorce under the new law is a minimum of 26 weeks, or seven months, however this is often dependent on other factors, including the division of finances and assets, as there are occasions when it is prudent not to conclude the divorce until these issues have been resolved.
Under the new “ no fault” regime, the divorce application cannot be contested. Providing the court is satisfied that the Respondent has been made aware of the proceedings and has received the application documents, the divorce can proceed without their engagement in the process.
Jurisdiction is a complex issue and so you will need to speak with a solicitor in order to obtain advice based on your personal circumstances but in broad terms, you can obtain a divorce in England & Wales if one of the below applies:
- You permanently reside in the jurisdiction England and Wales and have lived here for at least 1 year prior to the divorce application being made
- Your spouse permanently resides in England and Wales and has done so for at least 6 months
- Either you and your spouse re domiciled in the jurisdiction of England and Wales
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