Divorce Law Solicitor
At Tracey Miller Family Law, our expert divorce solicitors understand how difficult a separation can be for everyone involved. The emotional trauma of assessing the impact a divorce may have upon matters such as children, finances, home, pensions as well as shared assets can leave you feeling drained and exhausted.
Our friendly yet professional approach to divorce law helps to alleviate this whirlwind of emotions, helping you find the quickest, least acrimonious, and most economical way through a divorce.
Did you know that Tracey has been through a divorce herself? She says: "No-one can really say they know how you feel unless they have been through it themselves. I can honestly say that having been through a painful divorce myself that I do, which always puts my clients at ease. I can empathise with their situation and fully understand the emotional as well as the legal implications."
What does the law say?
From the 6th April 2022, there have been significant changes to the Divorce Law in England and Wales. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will allow married couples to divorce without assigning blame.
The new Law has established a minimum six-month timeframe to enable couples to “reflect” on their decision. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill also removes the possibility of contesting the decision to divorce, however divorce proceedings will still be challengeable on certain grounds including fraud and coercion. Under the new laws, couples will be able to get divorced solely on the basis that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, without needing to cite one of the 5 reasons for divorce (as was previously required).
Under the no fault divorce system, both spouses will be able to make the application jointly. The person applying for the divorce will be called the applicant, instead of the petitioner as previously referred to. The decree nisi will become the conditional order and the decree absolute will be called the final order. A minimum timeframe of 20 weeks has been introduced between the application and the conditional order. There will then be a minimum 6 week period between the conditional order and the final order.
The no fault divorce process will not automatically end a couple’s financial commitments to each other, so it’s important that finances are dealt with at the same time as the divorce. Unless you take steps to resolve your financial matters, one person could make a financial claim against the other after getting divorced.
At Tracey Miller Family Law, we’re the only Family Law solicitors in Liverpool and the North West to offer a seven-day-a-week service. For more information about UK divorce law or to speak to a friendly, sympathetic divorce solicitor, then please call us on 0151 515 3036 or fill out our ‘Call Back’ form.