I’m in the UK looking for a little advice on how to support a very close friend in NC who is about to kick off the divorce process. I have good practical and educational experience of the UK legal system in terms of divorce and family law.
The individual has been having an affair and now wishes to leave their partner. The marriage has been long dead. No sexual relations have taken place, therefore it is not an adulterous case.
Is my understanding correct that;
-The pursuant spouse announces intended divorce to defendant spouse
-Both parties have separation agreements drawn up by an attorney
-Both parties begin living complete and separate lives for 12 months
-Either party (Most likely Pursuant) will file for divorce after 12 months.
If this is correct my concern lies within actions which take place AFTER the parties begin living separate lives. If the Pursuant spouse publicly has a relationship with their new partner after announcing their intention to leave, but BEFORE the divorce is granted - Can this be used against them? Or does ‘living separate lives as if you were single’ constitute the ability to freely and openly engage in a new relationship without fear of further issues?
What is the difference between ‘divorce’ and ‘absolute divorce’?
In a straight forward non contentious case, would either party normally be expected to attend court?
There are children involved and the Pursuant spouse is a full time homemaker with no income - Is childcare/alimony arranged as an entirely separate entity?
My friend will meet with an attorney shortly, however I’m doing my best to support with what limited experience I have of the NC system.