There are three parts to getting a divorce:
- the dissolution of the marriage
- children’s arrangements
- financial arrangements
The dissolution of the marriage
This involves obtaining the Decree Nisi, a document which states that the court does not see any reason why the divorce cannot proceed, and a Decree Absolute - the official document which ends your marriage.
In between obtaining the Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute, there is at least a 6-week gap which is designed to allow you and your partner time to discuss child and finance arrangements. For further information, read The divorce process.
These involve deciding how you will care for any children, where they will live and how they will be supported. It is not possible to apply for a Decree Absolute until a court is satisfied that satisfactory arrangements for the children are in place.
For more information, read Child maintenance.
These include deciding how you will divide your assets and liabilities and where you will live. Not all couples come to a formal arrangement regarding finances. However, a divorce does not end the right of a former spouse to make financial claims on the other. Therefore, it is advisable to have your financial arrangements recorded in a consent order, which can detail your agreement and provide that neither of you can make a financial claim on the other in the future.
For more information, read Divorce and financial arrangements.