Divorce In The UK

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/divorce