The pathway through a divorce (in six stages) with details of timescales and charges:
You can get a divorce if you have
- been married at least a year and
- the relationship has permanently broken down.
- the marriage that is legally recognised in the UK
- and you have a permanent home in England or Wales.
There are 3 main steps to getting divorced:
File a divorce petition - you have to apply to the court for permission to divorce, and show reasons why you want the marriage to end.
Apply for a decree nisi - if your spouse agrees to the petition, you’ll get a document saying there’s no reason you can’t divorce.
Apply for a decree absolute - this legally ends your marriage - you need to wait 6 weeks after you get the decree nisi before you can apply.
You may be able to arrange your own divorce without involving solicitors if you agree on:
- the reasons for a divorce
- how you’ll look after any children
- how you’ll split up money, property and possessions
If you agree on these things beforehand, you won’t have to go to a court hearing, and the divorce paperwork should be fairly straightforward.