Sometimes more than a year has passed since the decree nisi.In that case, the process is slightly different and it is necessary to explain to the court why such a length of time has elapsed and in particular whether the parties have resumed cohabitation or there has been a child born.Conversely, where perhaps a religious divorce is required, or more commonly a financial settlement is still being negotiated, there may be good reason to delay the granting of a decree absolute.And it is this concern, whether or not to proceed to decree absolute when financial elements have yet to be agreed, that has occasioned the majority of the requests for advice to my blog.A Respondent to the divorce is not treated the same as the Petitioner.
For example, if there is a potential bankruptcy on the horizon and a financial settlement needs to be implemented.
At decree nisi stage the parties are almost, but not quite, divorced.
The parties are still able to change their minds about getting divorced.
Steve can do this by issuing an application to the court, which will hear the application and make the decision.
It is not automatically granted by simply lodging a straightforward notice to the court, as it would be if the Petitioner is applying.
It is rare for the court to require a hearing but when circumstances are unusual it may.