To get divorced in England and Wales, you need to have been married for more than a year and follow the divorce process.
The divorce process consists of three main stages:
For more information, read The divorce process.
If you can sort out:
who gets what, in terms of finances and possessions
how you will both continue to look after children in the best possible way
why your marriage is over and the legal reasons that it’s over
this may help smooth the process and save you money.
If both of you can agree on matters regarding finances and children, getting a divorce is rather straightforward. If you make yourself aware of the various elements of the process and undertake all the admin, it is possible to get a divorce cheaply using a do-it-yourself method or online. You can divorce from £250+VAT with Rocket Lawyer. Web-based services usually include a degree of guidance from a divorce lawyer but are much cheaper than actually going to visit a solicitor.
You can apply to end (‘dissolve’) your civil partnership if you’ve been in the partnership for at least a year.
For more information, read Separating from your spouse or civil partner.
If you have been married for less than a year, you can sign a Separation agreement with your spouse or civil partner, this will ensure that most of the practical matters are dealt with in advance of the divorce or dissolution.
Apart from applying for a divorce you may also have to:
change your address when you move out of the home
sever joint tenancy if you own a property together
change your name with a Statutory declaration of name change if there have been any other changes to your name apart from adopting your spouse's surname
review your Will to make sure that it reflects any new wishes and new circumstances.