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20 July 2022
Earlier this year the law was changed to remove the ability of either partner to challenge a divorce, except in very specific limited circumstances. The requirement to assign blame or fault was also removed, with the intention that divorce should become a more straightforward and altogether less acrimonious process.
But did you know that the new law introduces a minimum period of 20 weeks between the start of proceedings and application for conditional order, which was previously called a decree Nisi? In practice, that means a divorce is likely to take at least 6-7 months.
It’s important that anyone seeking a divorce understands this at the outset, and uses this time to put arrangements in place with regards to children, finances and property, as appropriate.
Our expert divorce solicitors will be able to talk you through the steps to take in your particular circumstances, but here are a few things you might need to address:
The timeframe of 6-7 months given above is a minimum, and very much relies upon both parties being able to reach agreement on the major matters of childcare and finances. If mediation is required to work through disputes, and/or certain matters need to be decided in court, the process could take significantly longer.
Obtaining specialist legal advice at an early stage with regards to your divorce will ensure that matters are dealt with properly and at the right time in the procedure, and may well save you money in the long run. If you’d like to speak to one of our expert divorce solicitors, get in touch today on 01924 387 171