What is a Decree Nisi?
A Decree Nisi is a legal document stating that the Court accepts the reason given (grounds) for divorce and cannot see why a couple can’t end their marriage. You can apply for a Decree Nisi if your ex doesn’t defend your divorce petition. However, if they don’t agree to the divorce, you’ll have to discuss the case at a Court hearing, where a Judge will decide whether you should be granted a Decree Nisi.
What is a Decree Absolute?
The Decree Absolute is the legal document that ends your marriage. After a Decree Nisi has been granted, you have to wait for at least 43 days (6 weeks and 1 day) before you can apply for a Decree Absolute to divorce. However, you have to apply for this within a year of getting the Decree Nisi, or you’ll have to explain your reasons for the delay to the Court.