Blackstone Solicitors is here to provide the support and guidance you need to ensure you obtain the best outcome possible when going through divorce proceedings. Such a time can be highly emotional and stressful but we will provide trustworthy legal advice to make sure you have the best chance of securing the outcome you are after.

We understand that divorce can be extremely difficult for all involved, and can be even tougher when there are children involved. However, we are sensitive to your needs and will work alongside you with compassion and understanding, along with the passion for getting the right result for which we are known.

Contact us today to discuss your situation and find out more about how we can help by calling 0161 929 0121. If you would prefer for us to call you, simply complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Our Approach

The family law team at Blackstone is committed to getting the best possible outcome for you from your divorce, no matter how complicated the matter may be. We are willing to go the extra mile and give you every chance of a satisfactory resolution.

Going through a divorce can be difficult for all involved, and we are here to provide support every step of the way. Our divorce solicitors are caring, understanding and approachable, and we will assist in any way we can.

Our team is highly experienced and we can talk you through all of the aspects of your divorce. We believe communication is key and we will speak to you in an easy to understand way, avoiding legal jargon to make sure you are always aware of any important issues.

Helping You Through Divorce

When a marriage breaks down, it can be hard for both parties and can leave you worried about what might happen in the future. You may need advice about the arrangements for your children, or the financial implications of your divorce. You may need to consider:

  • What is to happen to the family home?
  • How are other properties and other assets to be divided?
  • Who is to be responsible for debts?
  • Will one party need to pay for the ongoing support of the other party?
  • How are pensions to be dealt with?

It is likely that you will need guidance in relation to many of these issues. The team at Blackstone is here to help you during what can be a difficult time and we will provide the advice you need to help your divorce reach a sensible conclusion, allowing you to move forward with the next chapter of your life.

Obtaining a Divorce

You are able to obtain a divorce if you have been married for at least one year and there has been a permanent break down of your relationship with your spouse.

The main steps of a divorce are:

  • Filing a divorce petition – This involves applying to the court in order to gain permission to divorce. You will also be required to provide one of five reasons for the breakdown of your marriage. These reasons are:

–   The other party’s adultery

–   The other party’s unreasonable behaviour

–   You and your spouse have lived apart for two years and you both consent to a divorce

–   You have been deserted by your spouse for two years

–   You have lived apart from your spouse for five years

  • Issuing a Petition – The court issues the divorce petition.  It is sent out to your spouse by the court.
  • The Acknowledgement of Service – The other party needs to return the Acknowledgement of Service of the divorce proceedings to the court and a copy will be sent to you. This form confirms that your spouse does not object to the divorce. If your spouse does not agree to the divorce, the proceedings will become contested. Fortunately, this is unusual.
  • Applying for Decree Nisi – Once you have the other party’s Acknowledgement of Service (assuming the divorce is not to be contested), you can complete an application to the court with a supporting statement, confirming your wish to be divorced.
  • The Decree Nisi – The court decides if you are entitled to a divorce and a date is given for your Decree Nisi to be granted. You are advised of the date of the Decree Nisi and you will receive the Decree Nisi, once granted by the court on the date given.
  • The Decree Absolute – Six weeks and one day after your Decree Nisi has been granted, you can apply for your Decree Absolute. This is the document which confirms that your marriage has been brought to an end.

Contact us Today

Our family law solicitors are waiting to hear from you to discuss your situation in greater depth and to answer any questions you may have. Contacting us couldn’t be easier; simply call us on 0161 929 0121 or complete our online enquiry form and we will give you a call back as soon as we can. Our services are available to people in the Manchester, Chester and Cheshire areas, as well as throughout the rest of the UK, including London.

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