Tony sets out the divorce process in a nutshell and comments upon the importance of an adequate support network for clients as they move through that process.
“In the majority of cases the parties are in agreement that the relationship has irretrievably broken down. Often with the assistance of mediation and legal advice, the main terms of the divorce have been established. Where this is the case, the divorce process generally proceeds as follows:
- One party sets out the ground upon which they are seeking a divorce in their petition to the Court.
- The other party acknowledges the petition.
- The Court is then asked to grant a divorce. This is known as a decree nisi.
- After a further period of time, the Court is asked to make the decree nisi into a decree absolute.
Even where a divorce is undefended and the parties are separating on reasonably amicable terms, the divorce process is rarely painless. For many it will be an unwelcome experience. It can be difficult to find adequate support from within the confines of a family. It may be inappropriate to lean on children and other members of the family are usually occupied with the challenges of their own lives. Professional support from a qualified individual can be a great help at this time. Such support will not be appropriate for everyone but for many it can provide the stability and the space needed to allow them to manage the divorce process in a calm, considered and dignified way. One of the quickest routes to high legal fees is to treat the Court as a battleground upon which to vanquish a former spouse or as a means of venting frustrations and hurts which have often been many years in the making. Most clients’ resources would be better spent on a well-earned holiday at the end of the process or on fixing up a new property as life after divorce begins to take shape. Seeking the right type of support alongside good quality, personal legal advice may well be the first good investment made in that future.”
Tony understands that it can sometimes seem difficult to take the step of speaking to a lawyer about divorce. Should you find yourself in a situation where you could benefit from some thoughtful legal advice, he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0121 451 1661.