Divorce is the breakdown of marriage.
Ending a marriage is a considerable decision to make but, with the introduction of "no fault" divorce on 6th April 2022, all that will be required is for one party to state that there was an “irretrievable breakdown”. This removes the need to assign blame to any one party which, in turn, enables proceedings to be much more amicable. Further, both parties can now make a joint application.
Once an application for divorce has been issued, whether in the case of a sole or joint application, the parties must acknowledge receipt of the issued application. Thereafter, provided provided 5 months have elapsed from the issue of the application, the parties or sole applicant can apply for the Conditional Order. 6 weeks and 1 day later, the parties or sole applicant can apply for the Final Order. This document marks the legal end of the marriage.
The Conditional Order is an extremely important stage in divorce proceedings as it marks the first opportunity that a court can review any financial agreement you may have made with your spouse, although, of course, negotiations can begin before the application is even presented. For more information on financial matters and the orders a court can make, please refer to the Financial Matters section of this site.
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