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Divorce – difference between decree nisi and decree absolute

There are two stages of divorce proceedings, decree nisi and decree absolute and four stages in total:

Petition stage


If you’re the person seeking the divorce, the petition is how to get started. At this stage, you need to fill out an application, and also include copy of your spouse, and a certificate of your marriage.

Response stage

If you didn’t start the divorce then you are the respondent in the proceedings and if you oppose the divorce, you have 21 days to send the form to the court explaining the reasons.
You can also decide to start a divorce petition of your own against your spouse.

Decree Nisi

The decree nisi is a decision by a judge that there is no reason why a divorce should not go ahead.
If the respondent opposes the divorce, there will be a hearing.

Decree Absolute

The decree absolute is the legal document that ends the marriage. The petitioner can apply for a decree an absolute 6 weeks after the judge approves the decree nisi. The marriage ends once the judge approves the decree absolute.

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