Help with Separating or Divorcing

Marriage

If you are married and are separating, you will need to apply for a divorce. You can get divorced in England or Wales if all of the following are true:

  • you’ve been married for over a year
  • your relationship has permanently broken down
  • your marriage is legally recognised in the UK (including same-sex marriage)
  • the UK is your permanent home, or the permanent home of your husband or wife

Currently, you must prove that your marriage has broken down due to 1 of 5 reasons which can be found here. You can apply for a divorce here.

Civil Partnership

You can apply to end (‘dissolve’) your civil partnership if you’ve been in the partnership for over a year. Currently, you must prove that your civil partnership has broken down due to 1 of 4 reasons which can be found here. You must fill in a dissolution application which can be found here.

Financial Remedy

You may need to reach an agreement on how the family’s money and property will be divided between you both. You can find more information using the ‘Your Home and Finances’ drop down menu at the top of this page.

Please note that substantial changes to divorce (marriage) and dissolution (civil partnership) laws will come into force from April 2022.