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GHP Divorce Solicitors | Part 2: What Happens When You Start Divorce Proceedings?

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What happens once you start divorce proceedings? GHP Solicitors Norwich tell you what to expect - this slide show is part 2 of 4 on divorce in the UK. Go to http://www.greenland-houchen.co.uk for …

What happens once you start divorce proceedings? GHP Solicitors Norwich tell you what to expect - this slide show is part 2 of 4 on divorce in the UK. Go to http://www.greenland-houchen.co.uk for details on how we can help you with arbitration or your UK divorce

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  • The UK Divorce Process Part 1; What happens once you start divorce proceedings.GHP Solicitors ~Helping You Get Your Divorce Right. http://www.greenland-houchen.co.uk/family-law-solicitors.htm
  • What Happens First? The legal formality is fairly straight forward.(The practical issues can be less so – more on that in our next presentation).Usually your solicitor will start proceedings by writing to your spouse (wife or husband) saying that you’re planning to start a divorce.Then what happens? 
  • 2 ~ Divorce Petition. Next, your solicitor sends a petition to court. It says: Who you want to pay the court costs; If you will be asking for financial support for you or your children.The court send a copy to your spouse, for their solicitor to reply to.Then what happens? 
  • 3 ~ Confirmation. Your spouse or their solicitor reply to the petition.If you can’t find your spouse or there is no reply, your solicitor will advise you what to do).You confirm your intention of going ahead by making an affidavit (a sworn statement). Your application for divorce is lodged with the courtThen what happens? 
  • 4 ~ Statement of Arrangements. If you have children under 18, or over 18 and in full time education, you fill a form to say:Who you want them to live with;Where they will be educated;Contact and visiting arrangements with their other parent.This helps the court make sure your children are properly provided for.Then what happens? 
  • 6 ~ Decree Nisi. The court sets a time and date for the judge to pronounce a ‘decree nisi’ (a statement that your divorce proceedings can go ahead) and state who is paying the costs.Q: Do I need to go to court for this?A: No.Q: Am I now divorced?A: No.Then what happens? 
  • 9 ~ You are Legally Divorced. As soon as your application for the divorce absolute has gone through, you are legally divorced. You will receive a notification saying this.Is that it? 
  • Disagreements. If there are disagreements or problems over:Whether the divorce is to go ahead;The information that’s being provided;The children;The settlement - Then the divorce process can be sloweddown.We’ll look at these in more detail in our next presentation, “GHP Solicitors – The Divorce Process Part 2”Want a divorce? What do you do now?
  • Where Can I Get Help? Call your local solicitor; you will need a different one to your spouse.If you’re not sure about where to find them, look on the Law Society’s site – they have a directory of trusted solicitors.(They’re at www.LawSociety.org.uk).You’ll find GHP Solicitors there too – we have many offices across Norfolk. Or call us now on 01603 660 744.
  • GHP Solicitors.Helping You With Divorce. http://www.greenland-houchen.co.uk/family-law-solicitors.htm
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    • 1. The UK Divorce Process Part 1 What happens once you start divorce proceedingsSee how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 2. 1 ~ Contacting Your Spouse The legal formality is fairly straight forward (The practical issues can be less so – more on that in our next presentation) Usually your solicitor will start proceedings by writing to your spouse (wife or husband) saying that you’re planning to start a divorce Then what happens? See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 3. 2 ~ Divorce Petition Next, your solicitor sends a petition to court. It says: • Who you want to pay the court costs • If you will be asking for financial support for you or your children The court send a copy to your spouse, for their solicitor to reply to. Then what happens? See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 4. 3 ~ Confirmation Your spouse or their solicitor reply to the petition If you can’t find your spouse or there is no reply, your solicitor will advise you what to do) You confirm your intention of going ahead by making an affidavit (a sworn statement) Your application for divorce is lodged with the court Then what happens? See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 5. 4 ~ Statement of Arrangements If you have children under 18, or over 18 and in full time education, you fill a form to say: • Who you want them to live with • Where they will be educated • Contact and visiting arrangements with their other parent This helps the court make sure your children are properly provided for Then what happens? See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 6. 5 ~ The court decides if it is satisfied that you should have a divorce Assuming yes... See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 7. 6 ~ Decree NisiThe court sets a time and date for the judge to pronounce a‘decree nisi’ (a statement that your divorce proceedings cango ahead) and state who is paying the costsQ: Do I need to go to court for this?A: NoQ: Am I now divorced?A: NoThen what happens?  See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 8. 8 ~ Decree Absolute This is where you apply to have your divorce made final, or absolute Q: How long before I can do this? A: Any time after six weeks Q: Is there any reason to wait longer? A: Yes, if financial matters (‘ancillary relief’) haven’t been settled Then what happens? See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 9. 9 ~ You are Legally Divorced As soon as your application for the divorce absolute has gone through, you are legally divorced. You will receive a notification saying this Is that it? See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 10. Disagreements If there are disagreements or problems over: • Whether the divorce is to go ahead • The information that’s being provided • The children • The settlement Then the divorce process can be slowed down. We’ll look at these in more detail in our next presentation, “GHP Solicitors – The Divorce Process Part 2” Want a divorce? What do you do now?See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 11. Where Can I Get Help? Call your local solicitor; you will need a different one to your spouse If you’re not sure about where to find them, look on the Law Society’s site – they have a directory of trusted solicitors (They’re at www.LawSociety.org.uk) You’ll find GHP Solicitors there too – we have many offices acrossOr call us now on 01603 660 744 Norfolk See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk
    • 12. GHP Solicitors Helping You With ...www.greenland-houchen.co.uk/family-law-solicitors.htm See how GHP Solicitors can help you – go to www.greenland-houchen.co.uk

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