If the idea of divorcing your partner has been on your mind but you’ve been married for less than a year, you may be wondering if you need to wait before beginning divorce proceedings or if there are any factors that can prevent a divorce.
Before you can get a divorce in England and Wales, you must make sure your marriage meets all the requirements.
To begin divorce proceedings, the following statements must be true:
Before you begin divorce proceedings, you also need to decide if you are making a joint application or a sole one.
Joint applications vs sole application
To apply for a joint divorce, the following statements must be true:
Within a joint application, you will still need to confirm that you want to proceed with the divorce separately.
If you or your partner stop responding to the application, you can continue with the process as a sole applicant.
You can submit a sole application if:
To avoid attending a court hearing for your divorce, you and your partner can try to reach an agreement on matters such as money, your property and your children as these factors are all things that can cause issues and slow the process down later on.
In our next blog, we will explain the divorce application process and how to apply.
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