In Northern Ireland a divorce / dissolution of civil partnership may only be presented to the court after the parties have been married / in a civil partnership for a period of two years.
The law concerning divorce / dissolution of civil partnership procedures and the forms are different in Northern Ireland to other parts of the United Kingdom. This area of our website provides background information and lists the relevant forms that you need to apply for a divorce / dissolution of civil partnership. The forms and procedures must meet the requirements of The Matrimonial Causes Order (Northern Ireland) 1978, The Family Proceedings Rules (Northern Ireland) 1996, Civil Partnership Act 2004 and any relevant EC Council Regulations.
Process for Matrimonial Information
Personal Petitioner Information
If you want to make an application without engaging the services of a legal professional
Guidance on completing the forms
Forms for making an application for divorce
- Forms for the High Court
- Forms for the County Court
- Checklists for submitting an application for a divorce