There is only one ground for divorce – the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This is proved by reference to either adultery, unreasonable behaviour, separation or desertion.
The process is now all online. Either you can do this yourself or we can manage it for you. There is a court fee of £550 to pay.
The court will issue your petition, and your spouse must then complete the acknowledgement of service within a specified timeframe.
Providing this has been completed, you can apply to court for your decree nisi.
A judge will then consider your divorce petition, confirm that you are entitled to a divorce, and issue your decree nisi. This is the first of two decrees. It is at this stage that the court can approve any financial agreement reached between you and your spouse.
Six weeks and one day following decree nisi, or when your finances have been agreed if later, you can apply for decree absolute. This is the final decree, and legally ends your marriage.
The above is based on a typical divorce. There can be complications if, for example, your spouse doesn’t return the acknowledgement of service.