The normal divorce takes between 4 and 5 months. For what is involved have a look at "about divorce" section on this web site or click here to see the process at a glance.
The Court Fees are £550.
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You cannot start a petition for divorce unless you have been married for more than one year.
Since 1968 there has been just one ground for divorce - irretrievable breakdown of marriage. However, you have to prove irretrievable breakdown in one of five different ways. These are: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion for two years, separation for two years where the other party consents, and separation for five years (no consent needed).
6 weeks and one day. After this you may apply for the decree absolute.
No, you would need the other parties consent, alternatively you could rely on the fact of unreasonable behaviour or 5 years separation whereby consent is not required.
Attempt to find out from family & friends. Alternatively, a tracing agent may be able to trace the party's whereabouts.
You would need to request the court to allow the court bailiff to personally serve the divorce documents on the respondent. The court bailiff would then swear an affidavit confirming service, should the respondent still not respond you proceed to the next stage, the application for special procedure whereby you would use the sworn affidavit as an exhibit. You will have to pay the court a fixed fee for this service.

After service you must allow 29 days for the respondent to file a defence (called an "answer" in divorce proceedings) and, if they do not, you can then apply for the decree nisi (the first divorce decree).

We can provide you with a "Request for Service by Court Bailiff" form.
Yes, providing 3 months have elapsed and the parties have not reconciled.
You can contact the relevant registry office providing them with the party"s names and date of marriage. They will provide you with the original marriage certificate for a small fee.
In this case the marriage certificate needs to be translated into English by an expert who would then have it sworn. You then need to lodge this translation and statement with the court alongside other documents.
You may be exempt. You would need to complete the fee exemption form, providing evidence of your means. The court staff will make an assessment as to whether you qualify.
Click here to access the "Fee Remission" form.
Yes, provided one party is either domiciled or habitually resident (for a year) in England and Wales.
No, you do not - but it is a good idea to do so. If you ignore the financial issues and remarry, you may lose the right to have the matrimonial financial affairs reviewed by the court. Many people do not realise that your ex. can make a claim against your estate after you die. There are special rules, and a claim will not succeed in every case, but it is wise to get an agreement on finances and if appropriate obtain a 'clean break' order (see our ‘Personal Plus Service’ page for more information).
As with financial issues, you do not have to agree everything regarding the children but it would be a good idea to do so. To get your divorce you have to show that the arrangements for the children are satisfactory or the best that can be devised in the circumstances. In the context of divorce proceedings you can apply for orders relating to the finances for the children and orders relating to residence and contact but the court is reluctant to grant such orders unless it is absolutely necessary. You will have to show why it is impossible to agree.
No, but if the marriage certificate is in another language then you need to obtain a notarised translation.
No, provided either of you are habitually resident in England and Wales.
There are complicated rules and if you are unsure please e-mail us.
No, provided the other is habitually resident here.
Afraid not, in this circumstance you will have to ask your spouse to divorce you.
Unfortunately not. In order to successfully file for a divorce on the grounds of adultery, then the adultery must be the reason for you and your spouse having separated.
Yes, provided that whilst living in the same house you have lived completely separate lives. This means that you have slept in separate bedrooms, done your own domestic chores, cook, eat and socialise separately and bills should be divided.
No, your spouse will be given an opportunity to consent on the acknowledgement form when he/she receives the papers from the court.
Currently, 99.97% of all divorce petitions are returned the same day they are completed. We aim to dispatch your divorce petition the same day, if submitted before 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and guarantee to dispatch your completed divorce petition within 24 hours of submission.
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