It is usually relatively straightforward to obtain a divorce, provided that there is proof that the marriage has permanently broken down. One of five statutory reasons (facts) must be provided to the court. If a divorce is uncontested – as in most cases – proceedings relating to the divorce itself are dealt with by post, without the need to go to court.
As long as you have been married for a year and one of you has been permanently resident or living in England or Wales during that year, either of you can commence divorce proceedings, provided one of the statutory facts can be established.
Financial issues can be dealt with during the course of the proceedings. Although often advisable to do so, financial issues do not need to be finalised before a decree absolute – the final step for a divorce – can be granted.