How long the divorce takes will depend on individual circumstances. This is the basic process:

  • Once the divorce petition has been sent to the Court, the Court sends the petition with an acknowledgment of service to the respondent.
  • Within 8 days of acknowledging receipt, the respondent should file the acknowledgment of service. The Court sends the petitioner a copy of the acknowledgement filed by the respondent.
  • The petitioner’s divorce solicitor prepares an application for Decree Nisi including a statement for the petitioner to sign confirming that the contents of the petition are true. Both the petitioner and respondent are advised of the date fixed for the Decree Nisi, which is likely to be a few weeks after the application was lodged.
  • Six weeks and one day after the Decree Nisi the petitioner may apply for the Decree Absolute.
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