1. Check you can get a divorce
You can get a divorce in England or Wales if you’ve been married at least a year and your relationship has permanently broken down.
You must have a marriage that’s legally recognised in the UK - this includes same-sex marriage. You must usually also have a permanent home in England or Wales.
How to get a divorce
You must send paperwork to a court to apply for a divorce.
Separate from the paperwork, you and your ex-partner need to work out:
You also need to divide your money and property. There’s a deadline if you want to make this legally binding.
You can usually avoid going to court hearings if you agree about children, money and property and the reasons for ending your marriage.
Get help agreeing on issues
You can also get advice on making agreements from: