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How Do I Apply For A Decree Nisi And How Long Does It Take?

Oct 26 2021 | Family Law

by Theresa Wright

by Theresa Wright

Head of Family Law

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D84 application form to get a decree nisi

How long does a decree nisi take? 

If the respondent doesn’t object, the petitioner can apply to the court for the ‘Decree Nisi’. There is no need for the parties to attend a hearing. If all is in order, the judge reviews the application and pronounces the decree nisi by reading it out in court. As a guide, the pronouncement of a decree nisi is typically within 6 – 8 weeks of issuing the Petition.

What if the court rejects my decree nisi application? 

Suppose the court rejects your decree nisi application. In that case, they will issue you with a D79 form (notice of refusal of district judge’s certificate).

This D79 form will inform you why the application was rejected and provide guidance on any steps required to get the application granted. For example, the courts may state that they need further information.

What is the next step? 

Following the pronouncement of the decree nisi, you must wait a minimum of six weeks and one day (43 days) until you can make an application for a decree absolute.

After getting a decree nisi, you will still be married.

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