Divorce Information & Advice from Legal Experts
We have a host of information and advice on all topics involving a divorce. You can check out the exact divorce process you will need to take in order to obtain your decree absolute.
Get The Divorce Advice You Need Before Getting Started
If you are intending on doing your own divorce and not involving divorce solicitors then getting the right advice before starting divorce proceedings is imperative.
We hope the information you find on our website gives you the knowledge you need to feel comfortable about what is going to happen during the process and after the divorce is final.
Please remember that getting a divorce does not end your financial commitments as husband and wife, you must deal with your finances properly by obtaining a financial order such as a consent order or clean break order.
We have created a simplified overview of the divorce process in England and Wales to help you understand the different stages and steps you must take in order to obtain a divorce.
Talk to your partner
Speaking to your husband or wife about your intentions to petition for divorce can really help keep relations amicable and ensure a swift resolution to your divorce.
This is of course, not always possible, but should your relationship allow for it, communication with your spouse is recommended.
File a Divorce Petition
To start divorce proceedings you need to file a D8 divorce petition with the courts. There are standard court fees of £550 to pay, which are mandatory unless you are on a low-income or receive certain benefits.
The divorce petition includes all of the basic personal details along with your marriage details. You will need to include the reason for divorce on your petition, choosing 1 of the 5 available grounds for divorce.
Acknowledgement of Service
If the court is satisfied you have completed the divorce petition correctly and paid the required court fee, they will send a copy of the divorce papers to your spouse with a form known as the ‘acknowledgement of service’ attached.
Your spouse should respond to the court within 7 days stating whether they intend to accept the divorce or formally defend against it. 99% of divorce cases are uncontested in England and Wales.
Decree Nisi stage of the proceedings is when the judge essentially says that they can’t see a reason why the divorce cannot be granted. They will set a date when the decree nisi becomes ‘pronounced’.
After 6 weeks and 1 day, you may apply to move on to the final stage. This is a mandatory waiting period and cannot be skipped or reduced. Every divorce applicant will need to wait for this period of time before applying for a decree absolute.
Once the ‘cooling-off period’ of 6 weeks and 1 day has passed, you can submit an application for the final decree, known as the decree absolute.
The decree absolute ends your marriage and formally only takes days to receive once the court has granted it. For a more detailed look at the divorce process, click the link below.