The no-fault divorce process is much more simple and amicable in comparison to the older divorce law which required one spouse to blame the other to be able to separate. Now you no longer need to prove wrongdoing by your spouse, helping to reduce conflict significantly, and reducing the emotional turmoil for all parties involved, especially young children. Rather than blaming your partner you can make a divorce application simply stating that there has been irretrievable breakdown of your marriage or irreconcilable differences where the marriage can no longer continue. It is a straightforward process and your partner can no longer contest your decision except in very special circumstances.
A no-fault divorce allows you to focus on important issues such as your finances, property and more importantly, your children. You can carry out a joint application or you can apply for the divorce yourself. Divorce solicitors in Guildford are an excellent place to start. If you are unsure about your decision then divorce solicitors can provide impartial, professional advice that will help you make an informed decision you will not regret later on in life. Not all marriages are meant to last forever and no one should be forced to remain in a marriage or a damaging relationship. Therefore the divorce process has been made simple, whereas the previous law meant that it took a lot longer to be able to apply, as you needed to acquire evidence before you could submit an application.
How to apply for a no-fault divorce
To begin with you need to speak to divorce solicitors to ensure that you are making the right decision and that you are eligible to apply for a divorce. Your marriage needs to be legally recognised and you need to have been married for over a year. You must be sure that there is an irretrievable breakdown of your marriage. Once you have decided to proceed with the divorce, you can visit the government website. You can apply online or you can apply by post if you do not feel confident using the internet or do not have access to a computer or smartphone. Divorce solicitors can apply online on your behalf. There is a fee and you may get help with fees if you receive benefits or are on a low income.
You will be asked for your name and address as well as your contact details and you will need your original marriage certificate for a certified copy or translation when necessary. The next part of the process depends on whether it is a sole or joint application. If you have made a joint application then you will receive a notice that your application has been issued and acknowledged with a case number that you can use as a reference. You then have to wait twenty weeks after which you can apply for a conditional order. If you made a sole application then you will also be sent a notice that your application has been issued with a case number and the court will send your partner an acknowledgement of service notification to which they must respond within two weeks. There are very little grounds on which a divorce can be contested and if so you may have to go to court. If they agree to the divorce then as before you will have to wait for twenty weeks until you can apply for a conditional order. Depending on your preferences the court can contact you by post or online.
You can apply for the conditional order online or by post and your divorce solicitors can also apply online or manage your case on your behalf. This will then be reviewed by the court and you will receive a certificate stating that you have been granted a conditional order. You then have to wait for another forty-three days before you can apply for a final order. The courts will check that all time limits have been set and will finalise the divorce to state that you are no longer married and are free to marry again if you wish to do so.
In the time you make your online application until you apply for your final order you will have to come to an agreement with regard to looking after the children, and dividing finances and assets. With the help of divorce solicitors as well as a mediator the process should be less complicated and carried out without having to appear in court or deal with complications and conflict. Speak to your divorce solicitors today to find out more.