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What method you should be using to progress your divorce?

Our People - Loretta Orsi-Barzanti
15 November, 2018

How do you progress your divorce?

Answering these types of questions should help you find the the right method to progressing your divorce.

  • Has the respondent Spouse returned the Acknowledgement of Service?
  • Has the respondent told you that they have seen the Divorce Application?
  • Do you have some evidence that they have seen the divorce application?
  • Do you have information about where they live / where they are likely to be?
  • Is your case costs sensitive?
  • Is your case time sensitive?
  • Do you have any other contact information – e.g. email address or place of work?

Depending on the answers to those questions, you may ending up following one of these paths.

Post 6 April 2020

  • Apply for Conditional Order
  • Apply for Deemed Service
  • Consider Instructing a Process Server, if affordable
  • Apply for Service by Court Bailiff
  • Apply for Substituted Service
  • Seek further advice from a solicitor about how to proceed!
Flow Chart for what method to use to progress your divorce
alternative methods of service flow chart

Pre 6 April 2020

  • Apply for Decree Nisi
  • Apply for Deemed Service
  • Consider Instructing a Process Server, if affordable
  • Apply for Service by Court Bailiff
  • Apply for Substituted Service
alternative methods of service flow chart

Everyone’s situation is different and the above flowchart is NOT a hard and fast rule as to what method you should be using to progress your divorce. You should get advice from a solicitor to make sure that the method you choose is the right method for you and to be sure that you are making the correct application. This flow chart is intended to give you some guidance about which methods are available and in what circumstances they might be used in.

If you need any help or advice on how to progress your divorce or on any matters relating to the divorce process, please feel free to contact one of our specialist Family Divorce Lawyers on 020 8492 2290.

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