DIY Divorce in Scotland
What are the grounds for a quick divorce or DIY divorce in Scotland?
In Scotland, there is a process known as the simplified divorce procedure. This process is also
applicable to a civil partnership dissolution. This type of divorce is often referred to as a
“DIY divorce” or a “quick divorce”. The simplified divorce procedure is the quickest and
simplest way of obtaining a decree of divorce. The process takes approximately eight to ten
weeks to complete.
You can you apply for a divorce under the simplified procedure if you meet all the following
The marriage has broken down irretrievably and there is no prospect of reconciliation;
You have been separated for at least one year and your spouse is willing to sign a
consent form, or you have been separated for at least two years;
There are no children of the marriage under the age of 16;
There are no outstanding financial matters to resolve between you;
You, or your spouse, have resided in Scotland for the year preceding the divorce, or
consider Scotland your principal place of residence;
There are no other court proceedings taking place that could end your marriage; and
There is no indication that either party is unable to manage their affairs due to either
mental illness or impairment.
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