It is usually relatively straightforward to obtain a divorce or dissolution, provided that there is proof that the marriage or civil partnership has permanently broken down. One of five (four in same-sex relationships) statutory reasons (facts) must be provided to the court. If a divorce/dissolution is uncontested – as in most cases – proceedings are dealt with without the need to go to court.
As long as you have been married or in a civil partnership 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 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 (or final order) can be granted.