How Do I File For Divorce?
The Divorce Petition
The Divorce Petition, your Marriage Certificate, a Certificate of Reconciliation and the court filing fee need to be sent to the Court. These documents are sent to the other spouse (the Respondent).
The Respondent has 8 days to file a receipt to the Divorce Petition. If the Respondent does not defend the Petition, (this is the position in the vast majority of cases), the Petitioner (the person who filed for the divorce) can then apply for the Decree Nisi. He/she does that by filing the application for Decree Nisi with the Court.
The Court will then make a date for the pronouncement of the Decree Nisi. The Decree Nisi is the Order of the Court which actually states that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.
Six weeks and one day after the pronouncement of the Decree Nisi, the Petitioner can apply for and obtain the Decree Absolute from the Court. Again, the Petitioner does this by filing a simple application with the Court.
The Decree Absolute should be made more or less immediately upon the filing of the Decree Absolute. The Decree Absolute is the Order of the Court which actually dissolves the marriage.