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A standard uncontested divorce usually takes around 4 to 6 months. If there are finances to sort out you may be advised to delay applying for the decree absolute until such matters have been resolved.

The grounds for divorce

There is only one ground for divorce in England and Wales and that is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Before 6th April 2022 you could only obtain a divorce by relying on one of five facts, however “no-fault divorce” is now the sole reason for divorce and the five facts no longer apply.  This means that a divorce can be obtained without blaming the other person.

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The divorce process 

Divorce proceedings can now be commenced either by one individual or as a couple by filing an application for divorce (what used to be referred to as the “divorce petition”) at court.  So if you and your partner both agree that your marriage has irretrievably broken down, you will be able to make a joint application for divorce.

How long does it take to get a divorce?

The new process will take at least 20 weeks from filing the application to obtaining a Conditional Order (what used to be called the decree nisi).  The period of waiting 6 weeks and 1 day after the making of the Conditional Order remains (this is for there to be a period of reflection and an attempt to address child care arrangements or progress financial matters). 

After 6 weeks and 1 day has passed an application can be made for the Final Order (what used to be called the decree absolute). 

The period from beginning to end will take a minimum of 30 weeks to end your divorce or civil partnership.

How much does a divorce cost?

In addition to legal costs the court fee of issuing an application for divorce is currently £593.00.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you make an application for divorce please call the family team on 0113 320 5000 or email family@winstonsolicitors.co.uk