It can be an immensely daunting experience for someone who is
considering separation from their partner. Not only can it be a stressful and
emotional time for everyone who is involved, but the proceedings can be
frightening and confusing unless there is a professional standing by their
This is where a divorce
solicitor is able to provide the support and advice that an individual
needs so that they can make the right decision for their well-being and
happiness. By speaking to a divorce solicitor and asking any questions that may
arise even when a divorce is simply being contemplated, people are able to gain
insight into what would be expected of them during this period.
In most cases a divorce solicitor is able to negotiate and the
separating couples do not need to attend court. These cases are usually
completed within 4 to 6 months. Some cases however have the potential to carry
on for 12 months or more, especially when there are financial issues that need
to be resolved.
Many people are concerned about the welfare of their children
during a divorce and it is the priority of the divorce solicitor that, should
there be children involved, their welfare and safety is put first. It is
important that all children are affected minimally throughout these proceedings
and that life carries on as normally as possible for them.
In terms of understanding how the proceedings may unfold, clients
need to get to grips with some terminology that will allow them to be more
knowledgeable about the system in place.
A Petitioner is the person who has started the divorce proceedings
and the Respondent is the one who the case is filed against. Both parties need
their own divorce solicitor to assist them in the proceedings.
A divorce petition is a document filed in court by the divorce
solicitor. It will contain important details and explain what grounds the
divorce relies upon. An original marriage certificate is needed to be sent
alongside this petition.
If contact arrangements have been agreed upon between the two
parties, then this alongside any maintenance payments would be explained by the
A divorce solicitor will also provide the Respondent with an
acknowledgement of service where the Respondent should complete the form and
return it to the court within a set time period.
A decree nisi is applied for by the divorce solicitor who is
working with the Petitioner. After six weeks and one day commencing the
pronouncement of the decree nisi, a decree absolute can be expected which
completes the divorce.
With the professional support and advice from a divorce solicitor,
both Petitioner and Respondent can quickly and calmly work through the
proceedings in a seamless and hassle free way. It is in everyone’s best
interests to work through the separation in an amicable way and divorce
solicitors are trained in guiding such situations down the right path.