A Divorce Petition will need to be drafted, filed and issued at court in order to commence the proceedings. The party instigating the proceedings is known as the Petitioner and your spouse is known as the Respondent. Once issued the petition is sent to the Respondent for acknowledgement. Application can then be made for decree nisi, and six weeks later decree absolute can be pronounced.
The process can take as little as six months to complete if the stages are dealt with promptly and no obstacles arise. However, if there are still outstanding financial matters at the final stage, it is uncommon for the Decree Absolute to be applied for. Therefore, divorces can take longer to finalise in practice and it is usually dependent upon the resolution of financial matters, which are realistically lengthy and more complex.