Here you will find information, forms for persons wanting to pursue divorce or dissolution of Civil Partnership proceedings.

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

For making an application for Dissolution of a Civil Partnership

Decree Absolute/Requesting a copy of a Decree Absolute

Draft Order Templates


Related to Matrimonial

Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Justice including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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