We've outlined the 5 simple steps involved in a divorce that you can follow yourself. The most important part of the divorce process is the completion and filing of the D8 divorce petition.
Even if you decide to go through a solicitor, the actual steps involved in the divorce procedure are exactly the same.
However, we collect the information we need to draft your divorce papers online via your personal case area, whereas solicitors will either require you to visit their offices or go back and forth via email.
The divorce procedure can be completed without the assistance of solicitors, which could save you over £750 on the cost of your divorce.
We’ve summarised the divorce process in England and Wales into 5 simple steps, which you can follow to obtain a divorce.
We will walk you through the entire process from completing and filing the divorce petition to applying for and receiving your decree absolute.
Clicking the links above will skip you to the exact stage of the divorce process you are looking to get information for.
In order to start divorce proceedings you must satisfy certain conditions around residence and marriage.
You must be in agreement (or your spouse needs to be likely to agree) if you wish to use an online divorce or file the divorce yourself as otherwise you’ll require the assistance of a solicitor.
Before thinking of divorce proceedings you should understand the D8 divorce petition form, so that you can get all of the documents and information required ready.
Before thinking of divorce proceedings you should seek to understand the D8 divorce petition form, so that you can get all of the documents and information required ready for completion.
We’ve covered the grounds for divorce in more detail; this is just an overview of the 5 reasons available to prove to the judge that your divorce has irretrievably broken down.
If you are unsure on which ground for divorce is the most suitable for your situation or whether choosing a certain ground will reduce the acrimony and stress, simply call us on 01793 384 032 or email us for information.
You must ensure that all details have been completed correctly as any mistakes on this form can delay your divorce and end up costing you more money.
Most people will at this point attach the court fee payment, which is currently £550 (unless you are on a low-income or receive certain benefits). Without the court fee payment, the court will not start processing your divorce application.
When posting your divorce application to the court, you must include your original marriage certificate (or an official copy). Again, without this your divorce cannot go any further.
Once the judge has processed your divorce petition and concluded that all requirements have been met, they will send a copy of the petition to your spouse.
An acknowledgement of service form will also be sent to your spouse, which they need to complete and send back to the court. (Usually within 7 days)
This form is your spouse’s (respondents) chance to see the reasons for divorce used and decide whether they wish to contest the divorce or not.
Before moving onto the next stage of the divorce process, the court will send you a copy of the acknowledgement of service from completed by your spouse.
This is where the judge effectively says that they cannot see any reasons why your divorce cannot proceed.
They will a decree nisi pronouncement date, which puts you one step away from obtaining a divorce.
Your decree nisi pronouncement date will let you know when you can apply for your decree absolute.
You’ve got your decree nisi pronouncement date at this point. You must wait 6 weeks and one day from this date before applying for your decree absolute.
Applying for your decree absolute is the final stage of the divorce process.
Once you receive the decree absolute through the post from the court, your marriage has ended and you are officially divorced.
With Quicke Divorce, you can complete your divorce process within 3-4 months and save you over £750 on the cost of your divorce, compared to hiring solicitors.
At this stage of your divorce, you should be looking to implement financial orders and children arrangements, which we cover in more detail below.
Aside from the actual divorce procedure, you need to consider dealing with any assets, finances or children involved within the marriage.
It’s important that you tie up any assets and finances within your marriage by obtaining a court order, such as consent order or clean break order.
If you are saying “we don’t have any assets or finances” or “we’ve separated them between ourselves”, it’s imperative that you put the agreement or lack of agreement into a legally binding court order.
Without obtaining a financial court order, you won’t have severed financial ties from your spouse, even years after divorce, which leaves both parties open to future claims.
We can deal with children arrangements and finances as part of your divorce, without the need to hire a solicitor and spend thousands, so make sure you get advice before discarding getting a financial order or children arrangements order.
Yes, the main document in a divorce is the divorce petition, which we will draft for you. Along with that are the other necessary documents that are required, all completed.
You will not receive templates with parts of the forms to fill in, we complete every part of all documents, which are then ready for you to sign and post into your local county court.
The main support with this service is the detailed guidance pack that comes with example forms and solicitor written jargon-free notes.
You will also be able to contact our team of case managers anytime throughout your process and ask for assistance, whether it’s with your paperwork for the process.
The average length of time this service takes is 16-18 weeks, but this is only if all instructions are followed and efficiently handled.
As the divorce will be a paperwork process as we have completed the paperwork for you, it will depend on how quickly you respond to the court with the next documents and also how efficient the courts are in dealing with your case.
For a solicitor to help complete your divorce paperwork could cost you over £700 plus VAT. That also doesn’t include any free help or support after that.
Our service is £169 fixed fee and will support you throughout your divorce to make sure that you are able to complete your own divorce without unwanted stress or pain.
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