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COVID-19 UPDATE: Goodwins is committed to delivering high-quality service while keeping our staff and clients safe. Currently, courts remain open and our team will continue to operate as normal, but all consultations and meetings will now be made via video call. Click here to view our full response to COVID-19.

FAQ: How long do I have to be married before I can get a divorce?

You must be married for at least one year before you can get divorced. If you’ve been married for under a year, you can get your petition drafted and ready to send, but you cannot submit it until one year after your marriage date.

Another route you could take is a legal separation. A legal separation enables you to live apart from your spouse without divorcing. There is no minimum length of marriage needed for a legal separation, but the process typically takes around 4-6 months to complete, leading many couples to simply wait to begin divorce proceedings.

You do not need to be legally separated to start divorce proceedings.

If you would like to arrange an initial fixed fee consultation regarding divorce proceedings, you can get in touch with us today for a confidential discussion and we’ll be happy to help. Our offices are conveniently based in Harrow, London, with on site car parking and accessible from public transport links. Alternatively, if you are overseas we can arrange a Skype call with you if it is more convenient.

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