After one year of marriage either spouse may start the divorce. He or she is referred to as the “petitioner”. Now under the Pre-action protocol, , a draft divorce petition must be sent by the Petitioner to the Respondent before commencement of divorce.

The petition and statement of arrangements about the children are completed and then sent to the Court together with the marriage certificate. A fee, currently £550 is payable.

Q: How long does a divorce usually take?

A: There are a number of different stages involved in getting a divorce. Once you file for a divorce. The court sends a copy of the petition and statement of arrangements to the other spouse referred to as the Respondent. Upon receipt of acknowledgment of service from the Respondent. The court in return sends t a copy of the forms of acknowledgment of service to the Petitioner’s Solicitor.. If the Respondent is not defending the petition, the Petitioner can apply for the Decree Nisi to be granted, , this will take about 6 weeks. In conclusion a divorce matter can take up to 3 months, however this will take longer if there is a back log at court or the Respondent has filed a defence or where there are children involved.