In the UK, you can get a divorce if you have been married at least a year and your relationship has permanently broken down.
You must have a marriage that is legally recognised in the UK and 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.
For more information about the UK divorce process, please read our other UK divorce resource articles.