Order of Divorce Proceedings Flowchart

This helpful flowchart gives you an overview of typical order of divorce proceedings in England and Wales: 

 

FILE DIVORCE PAPERS AT COURT

 

Divorce Petition

Statement of reconciliation

Marriage certificate

Issue fee of £550

 

 

 

SERVICE OF DIVORCE PAPERS

 

Either direct by the court through the post on Respondent

OR

By the Petitioner’s solicitors direct on the Respondent or the Respondent’s Solicitor

 

 


FILING OF RESPONDENT’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SERVICE AT COURT

 

To take place within 14 days of the date of service of the petition

 

 

 

APPLY FOR DECREE NISI

 

Petitioner’s statement in support of divorce

Exhibit of acknowledgement of service (if applicable)

Application for Decree Nisi

 

 


DECREE NISI PRONOUNCED AT COURT

 

Certificate of entitlement to Decree Nisi received from court with date fixed for pronouncement

Decree Nisi received from the court by post following pronoucement

Costs Order made against Respondent (if applicable)

 

 

 

 

APPLY FOR DECREE ABSOLUTE

 

Petitioner can apply six weeks and one day after decree nisi

Respondent can apply three months, six weeks and one day after decree nisi

(recommended to wait until finances agreed and Order in place approved by the court)

 

 

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