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How Do I Get a Decree Nisi?

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A few days after receiving the Form 10 (acknowledgement of service), the petitioner can apply to the Court for the decree nisi with the Form D84. he petitioner must also provide a sworn affidavit using one of the Forms D80 ( a to e), to confirm that the contents of the Form D10 (acknowledgement of service) are correct.

Once the court receives the application for the degree nisi, a Judge will review the paperwork to ensure that it is in order.

If this is so the court will send both the petitioner and the respondent Form D84A (certificate of entitlement to a decree) informing of the time and date the Judge will grant a decree nisi.

The court then makes an appointment for the pronouncement, this being about 5 weeks after sending the application for a decree nisi to the court. It is not a requirement that the parties be present when the decree nisi is pronounced and the court will send to the petitioner, respondent and co-respondent Form D29 (decree nisi).

Philip Kedge is a retired police Chief Inspector and the founder and director of the McKenzie Friend UK Network. His aim is to take family law out of the hands of solicitors with an ethical business to reduce conflict and acrimony, to provide a cost effective McKenzie Friend national service and to reduce the emotional harm to children.