Papers required for divorce


A divorce paper will be any document that is to do with the termination of a marriage. Each divorce paper required for a divorce must be completed to the correct standard and filed at court. Most forms will have a time requirement attached to it and therefore must be filed at court within a specified time frame which will either be set by the courts or stated in divorce law.

In order to begin the divorce process a document known as a petition must be completed. Within a petition form an applicant, also known as the petitioner, must state the date he or she was lawfully married. This is because a prerequisite of divorce is that a couple must be married for one year before an application can be made. In certain circumstances an annulment can be made if the marriage is less than a year old, but a divorce will never be granted. A petitioner will also have to provide a copy of his or her marriage certificate to the court when filing the petition. Obtaining the services of a divorce solicitor will be very useful when completing your divorce papers. They will ensure there is no delay in obtaining your divorce.

If you require a copy of your marriage certificate you can obtain copies from the General Register Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages if you are in England or Wales at A small fee is payable for certificate copies. In Scotland, certificate copies can be obtained from General Register Office for Scotland at and those located in Northern Ireland can obtain certificate copies at the General Register Office Northern Ireland at

If you would like to obtain help in completing and filing a divorce paper, then Caven can put you in touch with a local law firm with specialist divorce solicitors free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local divorce solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.



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