You can apply for divorce if:

  • you have been married at least a year and your relationship has permanently broken down
  • your marriage is legally recognised in the UK, and you have a permanent home in England or Wales.

There are 3 main areas to consider in getting divorced:

  • the formal separation – the divorce itself, the starting point
  • the financial settlement – who is going to get what, a complex part of separation
  • child care arrangements  - who will look after the children.




This guide is adapted from public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0. The licence can be found at the National Archives.