When a relationship breaks down it can be a very difficult decision to decide to take the step to start divorce proceedings. If a spouse decides they wish to formalise their separation they should consult a solicitor who is a family law specialist and take legal advice about the process.
To begin the divorce proceedings one spouse will need to prepare a Divorce Petition which will be based upon the fact that the marriage has irretrievably broken down and this must be proved to the Court by stating one of five facts within their Petition. This can include the unreasonable behaviour or adultery of the other spouse, a period of two or five years separation or desertion.
The divorce proceedings generally take between 4 - 6 months and the marriage will be dissolved only when Decree Absolute is ordered by the Court. During the divorce proceedings you should take legal advice about how financial matters can be divided between you and your spouse to provide for yourselves and your children.
During the process the Court will take into consideration the general welfare of any children of the marriage.
For more information about divorce proceedings and financial provision after divorce contact Vaness Cozens at The Head Partnership Solicitors LLP on 01491 570 900 or 01189 756 622 and firstname.lastname@example.org or make a web enquiry through our website at www.thpsolicitors.co.uk
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