The period following the breakdown of a marriage can be a very difficult time for both
parties. In addition to the emotional stress experienced as a result of the separation, the
legal procedure can often seem complicated and confusing.
We have produced this leaflet to help you to understand the procedure and you may wish
to refer to it as the case progresses. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time
should you have any further queries.
LEGAL TERMS USED IN CONNECTION WITH A DIVORCE
These are some of the most common terms that you may hear:-
The formal document, which sets out the claim for a divorce and
the background to the claim.
The person who starts the divorce by filing a Divorce Petition with
The other party on whom the Divorce Petition is served.
“Statement of Arrangements for Children”
A formal document setting out the proposed arrangements for any
children in the family.
There are two Decrees made during the course of the divorce
procedure. This is the first and means that the Court is satisfied
that your divorce can proceed to the next stage. Following Decree
Nisi, you must wait six weeks before the final Decree can be
pronounced. At this stage, you are not free to re-marry. Any legal
objections to the divorce may be raised during this period.
“Decree Absolute” The second and final Decree. Once this has been pronounced, you
are divorced and thereafter will be free to re-marry.
A Court Order usually made to prevent one party from doing
party/children/selling off matrimonial assets.
Where there are children to consider, we will normally try to agree on the arrangements
for them prior to issuing a Petition for divorce. However, if that does not prove possible,
the arrangements may have to be decided by the Court at a later