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Stage 1 - Application For Divorce

To get a divorce in England and Wales, you need to show that you have been married for more than a year and that the marriage has “irretrievably broken down”. To do this you need to establish that you have grounds for divorce based on one of the following:

  1. Adultery. Your spouse has committed adultery and you find it intolerable to live together.
  2. Unreasonable Behaviour. Your spouse has behaved in such a way that you cannot reasonably be expected to live together.
  3. Two-Year Separation With Consent. You have been separated for 2 years and your spouse agrees to divorce.
  4. Five-Year Separation. You have been separated for 5 years.
  5. Desertion. Your spouse deserted you more than 2 years ago. We strongly recommend that desertion is avoided. If you want to base your divorce on desertion you may require a managed divorce.

Depending on which option you choose, we will provide you with all the necessary documentation and guidance required to complete your Divorce Application quickly, easily, and with a minimum of stress and discomfort…


Stage 2 - Acknowledgement of Service

Once your Divorce Petition has been completed and sent to your local County Court, it will be checked by the Courts and issued to your husband/wife.

In legal proceedings, you are known as the Petitioner and your spouse is known as the Respondent.

Along with the Divorce documentation, the Respondent will also be sent instructions on how to complete the Acknowledgment of Service documentation.

Once they have completed this simple document and returned it to the Court, your divorce will then progress to Stage 3…


Stage 3 - Application for Decree Nisi

In effect, an application for a Decree Nisi is simply the process of asking the Court to place your Divorce Petition and supporting documentation before a Judge in order for him or her to consider whether to grant your divorce.

You can choose from the following options:

Option 1 – Download and complete all the paperwork yourself. We will provide you with all the documentation required plus all the information on how to complete the application for your Decree.

Option 2 – You provide the minimum of details and we will complete all the necessary documentation you’ll need for your Decree Nisi online at NO EXTRA COST.

All our documentation is written and approved by a team of highly regarded independent divorce solicitors with a wealth of experience in this field. Our simple solutions will help you progress easily to the final stage of your divorce…


Stage 4 - Application for Decree Absolute

After the declaration of your Decree Nisi, you will need to wait a further six weeks and one day, after which you are entitled to apply for a Decree Absolute.

Following submission of this application to the County Court, the Court will then declare your Decree Absolute. This means that your marriage would have been dissolved.

Although this process may seem complicated, remember:

Option 1 - We will provide you with all the documentation required to complete the application for your Decree Absolute. The authors of our quick and easy-to-follow guides have helped thousands of clients with their divorces.

Option 2 - We can complete your divorce application for you. Simply provide us with all your relevant details and we’ll do the rest.

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