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Divorce FAQ

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.

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 finalise.

Related reading: How long does a divorce take?

What is the procedure?
After Decree Absolute, can I change my name?

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

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

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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