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Preparation vital if thinking about divorce

Was it your New Year’s resolution to start the divorce process? Whatever your situation, you will no doubt want to try to resolve things as amicably and cost effectively as possible.

You might be aware that the new divorce law is coming into effect on 6 April 2022. This law will allow couples to start divorce proceedings on the basis of irreconcilable differences and without having to blame the other person for the divorce.

This is often called no-fault  or amicable divorce.

However, you do not have to wait until 6th April to get divorced.  You can get divorced now and the process has been made much easier now that you can apply online.

The online divorce form is simple to complete and you can upload a photo of your marriage certificate. The court are currently dealing with applications for divorce relatively quickly. Indeed, the whole divorce process is now taking about 4 months from start to finish rather than the previous 6 to 7 months.

It may therefore be worthwhile looking into starting divorce proceedings now rather than waiting until April. We do anticipate that there will be an increase in the number of people getting divorced from April 2022 which will no doubt cause delays.

Even if you want to wait until April to start the divorce process, it will be worthwhile spending the time in advance to get the information you need. Find your marriage certificate and make sure that you have the correct postal address and email address for your husband/wife. Take a look at how much the court fee is and whether you may be eligible to claim an exemption or a reduction in the court fee. You can do all of these things in advance so that when the time comes you are ready to make the application.

If you want the assistance of a solicitor to help you get divorced then you can arrange an appointment so that they are aware of your situation and what you want to achieve. The documents can then be drafted, so that they are ready to go under the current  divorce process or under the new process. It is really worthwhile getting your “ducks in a row” so that you are ready to go when the time comes.

Please remember that the divorce is simply the dissolution of the marriage. The financial issues will still need to be addressed.

It is always better to take independent legal advice from a solicitor specialising in family law before you take steps to resolve the financial issues.

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