When the case is ready, it will be heard before a judge.
Parties to the proceedings can represent themselves or they can ask a solicitor to act on their behalf.
People wanting to represent themselves still may wish to seek legal advice from a solicitor or contact Citizens Advice Bureau.
(Stage 1) Presenting a petition for divorce (Stage 2) Serving (delivering) my petition to my spouse (Stage 3) Fixing a court hearing date (Stage 4) Decree Nisi – a tentative court order for divorce (Stage 5) Final order for divorce All forms you need are available from the Family Court Registry and may be completed in English or Chinese.
When you have filled them in, take them to the Family Court Registry for filing, together with your original marriage certificate or a certified true copy. You will be given a case number, which must be marked on any subsequently filed documents.
When a marriage or civil partnership breaks down the parties may wish to legally dissolve the bond by petitioning for a divorce or a dissolution of civil partnership.
A couple may not apply for divorce/dissolution of civil partnership within the first two years of marriage/civil partnership in Northern Ireland.
If you’ve decided that divorce is the right option for you, it pays to know everything about the process before you make a start.
With that in mind, we have created a guide to the divorce process to get you up to speed.
What dissolves a marriage in England is decree absolute in divorce.