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Procedure For Divorce

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Procedure For Divorce

You can apply for divorce either on your own or jointly with your partner

Apply for a divorce on your own

You can make a sole application if either of the following apply:

  • your husband or wife does not agree you should get a divorce
  • you do not think your husband or wife will cooperate or respond to notifications from the court

You will need to confirm you want to continue with the divorce application at each stage of the process.

Making a joint application with your husband

You can make a joint application if both of the following apply:

  • you both agree that you should get a divorce
  • you’re not at risk of domestic abuse

You will need to decide if you want to apply online or by post. Your husband or wife needs to use the same application method.

You’ll both have to separately confirm that you want to continue with the divorce application at each stage of the process.

If your husband or wife stops responding, you’ll be able to continue with the divorce application as a sole applicant.

Steps for Divorce proceedings

Step 1: Divorce Petition

  • Initiates with the petitioner or their appointed lawyers filing the divorce petition in the relevant court.
  • The court assigns a case number and acknowledges receipt of the petition.
  • The respondent (spouse) receives the divorce application and an ‘acknowledgment of service’ form.

Step 2: Response to Divorce Petition

  • The respondent must respond within 20  days by completing the ‘acknowledgment of service’ form.
  • Indicates whether to agree or contest the divorce.


Step 3: Applying for Conditional Order or Decree Nisi

  • If the respondent agrees, the petitioner can proceed to apply for decree nisi.
  • Various statement forms are required based on grounds like adultery or unreasonable behaviour.
  • If contested, a court hearing may be necessary, and a judge decides on granting decree nisi.

Step 4: Order from the Divorce Court

  • After the Conditional order or decree nisi, the petitioner receives an order from the divorce court.
  • Conditional order or Decree Nisi confirms entitlement to divorce, but legal divorce is pending Final Order or Decree Absolute.

Step 5: Applying for Final Order or Decree Absolute

  • After 6 weeks and 1 day from the Conditional Order or decree nisi, the petitioner can apply for a Final Order or decree absolute.
  • It’s advised to resolve financial issues before applying.
  • Once granted, decree absolute officially marks the divorce, and the parties are no longer married.

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