A Beginner’s Guide to Divorce & Dissolution
Owens v Owens, heard by the Supreme Court on 17 May 2018 and judgment handed down on 25 July 2018, has thrown divorce law into the spot light.
Divorce centres were introduced in 2014 and have necessitated a change in how practitioners issue divorce petitions and see petitions through to their conclusion. Further developments afoot include ‘online divorce’.
This introductory level webinar will enable you to advise on the law and procedure surrounding divorce or dissolution of civil partners, draft and issue a petition and effectively navigate the procedural rules and the courts.
What You Will Learn
This webinar will cover the following:
- The basic information and documentation you need to obtain from your client
- The limitation on when a petition may be brought
- The sole ground for divorce/dissolution and how to prove it
- The five facts upon which a divorce may be based shall be reviewed together with relevant case law to include Owens v Owens
- Each step of the process according to the Family Procedure Rules will be explained together with the forms that must be completed
- How to draft a petition - tips and traps to avoid, what to do if there is a mistake on the petition
- Where to issue the petition and what to do if your client also wishes to make an application for financial relief
- What to do if your client wants to defend a petition and/or issue their own petition
- Expediting the process
- How to withdraw or dismiss a petition, and what to do if the parties reconcile
- Who can apply for Decree Absolute, when may they apply and what to consider before making an application for the Decree Nisi to be made absolute
- Nullity - seeking an annulment if the marriage is void or voidable
- Tips on handling a litigant in person
- Online divorce