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How long do I have to be married before I can start a divorce?

You have to be married for at least one year before divorce can be commenced.

Do I have to divorce in the country where the marriage took place?

No. You are able to divorce in the UK as long as you or your spouse have been resident here for at least one year before starting your case, or you and your spouse are domiciled in the UK.

If my spouse and I have been separated for two years, are we automatically divorced?

No.The same procedure has to be followed before divorce is finalized. See Our Flowchart

What paperwork do I need to start a divorce?

  • A divorce petition.
  • Original Marriage Certificate, with translation if appropriate.
  • A fee.

How long does it take to divorce?

An ‘agreed divorce’ takes about 5-6 months to finalize.

What happens if I cannot find my spouse?

You are still able to divorce by showing the court that you have made attempts to locate them. The facts of 2 years’ separation with consent or adultery should not be relied upon in this instance.

What is the procedure?

See Our Flowchart

I am in a same sex relationship – do my rights differ?

No, as long as you entered into and registered your civil partnership.

After Decree Absolute, can I change my name?


What is the cost?

Agreed divorces are at a fixed fee of £750.00 plus VAT, and the required court fee.
For more complicated divorces, fixed fees can be offered after discussion at our initial consultation.

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