Divorce Solicitors

Find out the grounds of divorce and what support you can receive

The breakdown of a relationship can be incredibly stressful and difficult for anyone to go through, especially if there are children involved.

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Recent changes to Divorce

As of 6th April 2022 the new divorce law will remove the need to find fault and require the applicant(s) to produce a statement of irretrievable breakdown.

How will I apply for Divorce?

Sole Applications

The applicant completes the D8 form application and pays the court fee. The applicant or the court serves the application on the respondent. See flowchart for more information.

Within 14 days of the receiving the application, the respondent will need to respond by completing an acknowledgment of service on a D10 formIf the respondent agrees to proceed then the applicant will then be able to apply for a conditional order on a D84 form at least 20 weeks after the court issued the application.

If approved by the Court, the applicant will then be able to complete the D36 form application for the conditional order to be made final.

Joint Applications

Both applicants complete the D8 form application for divorce. Joint applicants can agree to share the fee for the application, however on the digital service, applicant 1 will actually have to pay the court fee. See flowchart for more information.

Once the application has been approved by the court, the applicants can complete a D84 form and apply for conditional order. Then if approved by the court, the applicants will be able to complete the D36 form for the conditional order to be made final.

For further information about the new changes to divorce law, FAQs and how to apply for a divorce, see our blog “What difference is the new law for No-Fault Divorce going to make?”

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Disputing the divorce

Under the new law, the respondent can only dispute the application in limited circumstances:

  • Dispute the jurisdiction of the court in England and Wales
  • Dispute the validity of the marriage or civil partnership
  • If the Marriage or civil partnership has already been legally ended.
  • Fraud or procedural compliance (possible)

Serving the divorce application

The applicant in a sole application may serve the application on the respondent, on request to the court. In a joint application there is no requirement to serve the papers on the other party.

Initiating a Divorce

An important first step in any divorce is seeking legal guidance to see what is best suited to you and your family. Divorce proceedings can be complicated, not only with the dissolution of the marriage, but also organising your finances, possessions, and Child Arrangement Orders.

The Family Law team at Mullis & Peake LLP are hugely experienced and are able to guide you through this difficult time, providing a sympathetic and pragmatic approach, tailored to your situation.

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Family Team

Associate Solicitor

Jessica Thrower

Jessica is an Associate Solicitor and has specialised in family law throughout her career

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Senior Associate Solicitor and Head of Family Team

Sally Ward

Sally qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and has always specialised in family law. 

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