Divorce Solicitors Stockport

When a marriage has broken down and you want it to come to a legal end, then you may seek a divorce. This can be a confusing time as often it is the only time anyone involved has had dealings with the courts. As divorce solicitors based in Stockport, we endeavour to make the process as easy to understand as possible.

First Stage: Issuing Divorce Proceedings

The first thing we will need to establish in the divorce process is the reason for divorce. We will need to ask you the reason for your divorce, how long you have been separated and what grounds for divorce you have. We will also need your original marriage certificate, or a certified copy. Then will determine if you can legally file for divorce at this time.

There are a few legal requirements for you to apply for a divorce. To file a petition for divorce, the petitioner will need to establish that the marriage has irrecoverably broken down. In order to do this there are 5 possible statutory facts that need to be proved.

Reasons for Divorce:

  1. Adultery – The respondent must admit to committing adultery
  2. Unreasonable behaviour on behalf of the respondent
  3. Desertion by the respondent for a period of at least two years (this one is fairly difficult to prove and quite a rare reason for divorce).
  4. Separation of both parties for a period of two or more years and where both parties agree that it should end in divorce
  5. Separation of both parties for five or more years. In this instance the respondent doesn’t need to consent to the divorce.

The two most common facts for divorce are adultery and unreasonable behaviour. The unreasonable behaviour doesn’t need to be extreme, so it is fairly easy to prove.

Once we have determined the reason for divorce, we can use this information to help estimate the costs and roughly the length of time it will take to complete.

Stage Two: Decree Nisi

Once the petition for divorce has been filed and accepted by the court, they will issue a decree nisi. The decree nisi is an order that a court of law issues confirming that the basis for the divorce exists.

The court then has the power to deal with the financial and matrimonial assets. This will include court proceedings to sort out transferring of property, maintenance payments, lump sum payouts and a pension sharing order where applicable.

Stage Three: Decree Absolute

A decree absolute can be applied for six weeks and one day from the day the decree nisi was pronounced. This is the final stage of the process and it officially signifies the ending of the marriage.

If the petitioner fails to apply for a decree absolute for any reason, the respondent may apply three months after the date that the petitioner could have applied.

There are occasions where both parties may agree to delay the decree absolute. This is usually if financial matters have not yet been resolved. If this happens, you will need to apply to the court for leave, explaining why there is a delay.

How Integra Solicitors Can Help You

We can guide you through the process from the beginning to the final stage. We will make sure that you fully understand the grounds for divorce, complete all the relevant documents and have the necessary proof.

All negotiations can be carried out by our family law team and we will ensure that wherever possible, a satisfactory conclusion is reached for all parties concerned.

Integra will work on your behalf to negotiate terms for all financial and child maintenance/living arrangements. As divorce solicitors appreciate that this is a difficult time for the whole family and will support you with care and consideration at all times.

  • REQUEST A FREE, NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION

    If you’re looking for a business solicitor you can trust, contact our team of commercial property solicitors today to discuss how we can support your business and its growth.

Read what our customers think

We as a company have instructed Integra Solicitors for a number of years now for pretty much all of our commercial law needs. They have advised us on, amongst other things, our £5.5m share acquisition of another children’s care business, multiple commercial property acquisitions and leases, our group restructuring and our shareholders’ agreement. The level of service has never dropped and we would highly recommend Moyen and the team.

Katie Sammonds - Finance Director, Care 4 Children

 

Integra Solicitors
5
2018-07-11T11:53:05+00:00

Katie Sammonds - Finance Director, Care 4 Children

 

We as a company have instructed Integra Solicitors for a number of years now for pretty much all of our commercial law needs. They have advised us on, amongst other things, our £5.5m share acquisition of another children’s care business, multiple commercial property acquisitions and leases, our group restructuring and our shareholders’ agreement. The level of service has never dropped and we would highly recommend Moyen and the team.

Moyen has advised me on my business investments and also on trade mark matters. He is always available, extremely professional and a pleasure to work with.

Junior Hoilett – Professional Football Player

Integra Solicitors
5
2018-07-11T11:55:58+00:00

Junior Hoilett – Professional Football Player

Moyen has advised me on my business investments and also on trade mark matters. He is always available, extremely professional and a pleasure to work with.

My bar/restaurant business has expanded significantly over the last couple of years and Integra Solicitors have acted for me on several leases and business sale and purchases. They are highly responsive and really know their stuff. The Integra team were unfazed by acting opposite large firms and were tough in negotiating key points for me in to the documentation. They are my first port of call for anything legal and I would thoroughly recommend their services.

Umar Vanden - owner of Whiskey Jar, El Capo, Bandito Burrito, Behind Closed Doors

Integra Solicitors
5
2018-07-11T11:54:39+00:00

Umar Vanden - owner of Whiskey Jar, El Capo, Bandito Burrito, Behind Closed Doors

My bar/restaurant business has expanded significantly over the last couple of years and Integra Solicitors have acted for me on several leases and business sale and purchases. They are highly responsive and really know their stuff. The Integra team were unfazed by acting opposite large firms and were tough in negotiating key points for me in to the documentation. They are my first port of call for anything legal and I would thoroughly recommend their services.

As financial advisers to some of the most prominent sportsmen and women we needed lawyers who were highly skilled and responsive. Among other things, Integra Solicitors advised us on our shareholders’ agreement and key employment contracts. Complex provisions were explained in simple terms to us and we were made to feel completely at ease all the way through the process.

Mark Tueart – Director, Lift Sport Financial Advisers

Integra Solicitors
5
2019-03-19T07:49:00+00:00

Mark Tueart – Director, Lift Sport Financial Advisers

As financial advisers to some of the most prominent sportsmen and women we needed lawyers who were highly skilled and responsive. Among other things, Integra Solicitors advised us on our shareholders’ agreement and key employment contracts. Complex provisions were explained in simple terms to us and we were made to feel completely at ease all the way through the process.

Integra Solicitors have advised us on various matters from banking to planning. They have provided us with a huge source of comfort as we know they are always there for us and can be relied upon.

Alan Box - Managing Director,  Cold Choice Foods

Integra Solicitors
5
2018-07-11T11:54:09+00:00

Alan Box - Managing Director,  Cold Choice Foods

Integra Solicitors have advised us on various matters from banking to planning. They have provided us with a huge source of comfort as we know they are always there for us and can be relied upon.

It is refreshing to finally work with lawyers who genuinely understand my business and consequently give extremely pragmatic and cost effective advice. Integra Solicitors spot issues that even I as the business owner did not see and provide solutions. You will be hard pressed to find better lawyers!

Ian Goehler – Founder and Managing Director, White Collar Fighter

Integra Solicitors
5
2018-07-11T11:53:35+00:00

Ian Goehler – Founder and Managing Director, White Collar Fighter

It is refreshing to finally work with lawyers who genuinely understand my business and consequently give extremely pragmatic and cost effective advice. Integra Solicitors spot issues that even I as the business owner did not see and provide solutions. You will be hard pressed to find better lawyers!

When I was let down by a well-known firm of solicitors, I turned to Integra Solicitors more in hope then expectation. I am pleased to say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This is the firm I would recommend, I only wish I had turned to them first.

James Rose – Chief Operating Officer (AIM Listed Company)

Integra Solicitors
5
2018-07-11T11:57:43+00:00

James Rose – Chief Operating Officer (AIM Listed Company)

When I was let down by a well-known firm of solicitors, I turned to Integra Solicitors more in hope then expectation. I am pleased to say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This is the firm I would recommend, I only wish I had turned to them first.

Integra Solicitors provide a professional service. Goes the extra mile and very knowledgeable

Taufeeq Rauf

Integra Solicitors
5
2018-07-06T17:35:54+00:00

Taufeeq Rauf

Integra Solicitors provide a professional service. Goes the extra mile and very knowledgeable

The Integra Solicitors team advised me on the sale of equity and successful exit from a business I was a minority shareholder in. They gave excellent advice and worked hard on my behalf to ensure I received the best deal. Based on my experience, Integra will be my firm of choice for years to come.

Keith Andrews – Retired Professional Football Player and SKY TV Pundit

Integra Solicitors
5
2018-07-11T11:57:09+00:00

Keith Andrews – Retired Professional Football Player and SKY TV Pundit

The Integra Solicitors team advised me on the sale of equity and successful exit from a business I was a minority shareholder in. They gave excellent advice and worked hard on my behalf to ensure I received the best deal. Based on my experience, Integra will be my firm of choice for years to come.
5
9
Integra Solicitors

Get in Touch Today

Integra Family law solicitors provides professional and expert guidance on every aspect of a family’s legal situation. We’ve advised countless families throughout their entire life spans, so you can rest assured that we will always be there to support you, even in situations that aren’t currently on your radar. We’re the firm of trusted divorce solicitors that takes the time to get to know your family and understand your exact requirements.