Relationship breakdown and divorce

As of 6 April 2022 it is no longer necessary to prove fault or a period of separation.

The divorce process

The court will accept a statement that the marriage has broken down irretrievably, and after a period of 20 weeks, the court will issue a conditional order (previously decree nisi). After a further 6 weeks, the applicant (previously petitioner) can apply for a final decree (previously decree absolute) which confirms dissolution of the marriage.

Once divorce proceedings are underway the court has wide powers to determine questions relating to matrimonial finance, although final orders can only be made after there has been a conditional order. See our page on Financial Issues for more details.

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If you would like us to act for you in relation to divorce proceedings, or any related matters, then telephone us on 01332 293293 or contact us online to arrange to meet one of our solicitors. We give an initial 30-minute consultation free of charge.

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