Decree absolute—divorce
Decree absolute—divorce

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Decree absolute—divorce
  • Online divorce
  • Time for applying for decree absolute
  • Application for decree absolute
  • Application to expedite decree absolute
  • Application more than 12 months after decree nisi
  • Right of respondent to apply for decree absolute
  • Restrictions on making decree absolute
  • Consideration of the respondent's financial position
  • Religious marriages
  • More...

Online divorce

Where a divorce is proceeding via the online service note that while rules relating to divorce proceedings are generally to be found in Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt 7 and the supplemental PD 7A, FPR 2010, PD 41A will also apply. FPR 2010, PD 41A sets out the types of applications that may proceed by electronic means, the steps that may be taken by the parties and the relationship between FPR 2010, particularly FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, Pt 7 and FPR 2010, PD 7A and FPR 2010, PD 41A and the modifications to the procedure.

Where a petition has been issued using the online service, FPR 2010, PD 41A, paras 15.1–16.1 sets out the procedure to be followed when applying for decree absolute. In certain circumstances it is not possible to apply for decree absolute online, this includes, inter alia,, where an application is made by the Queens Proctor, where the application is made by the spouse against whom the decree nisi has been pronounced and where a notice would be received more than 12 months after the making of the decree nisi, in those cases the case must proceed under FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, Pt 7, 

For details regarding how to proceed using the online divorce service see Practice Note: Online divorce procedure.

This Practice Note sets out the procedure for

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