D36 form: Application for Decree Absolute: Petitioner
This is the official D36 court form (application for decree absolute) to be used by the petitioner. It includes a completed example and explanatory notes.This is the official D36 court form (application for decree absolute) to be used by the petitioner. It includes a completed example and explanatory notes.
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This D36 form allows the petitioner (the person who started divorce proceedings) to apply for decree absolute - the last stage of the divorce process.
This is the official government form in Adobe PDF format, not a Net Lawman version. We provide it for your convenience.
How this form fits into the divorce process
Once your decree nisi is pronounced and you have been sent a copy, you can submit a consent order about your finances to the court.
You can apply for the divorce to be made final (absolute) 6 weeks and 1 day after the date of the decree nisi. You don't have to be the one to apply for decree absolute. The respondent can also apply using form D11, but he or she must wait an additional 3 months before doing so. If you want a fast divorce then the petitioner must apply using this form.
Send the form to the Court. You will also need to pay the Court filing fee of £90. You can find the address of the Court using our County Courts database.
After approximately two weeks, the Court will make the decree nisi absolute and send you a copy. If you have submitted a consent order, they may also make that and send it to you.
You are then fully divorced and free to remarry should you wish.
An important note about your will
When you married, your old will, if you had one, became void. When you divorce, this does not happen - your will remains as it was, and it is likely that you main beneficiary remains your ex-wife and ex-husband.
If you want to update your will, Net Lawman provides a number of templates including simpler ones for free and lots of information on our site. See our collection of last will and testament templates and our articles on writing a will.
- Detailed guidance notes on completing the application form and when and how to send it to the Court
- A completed example of a form
- An example of a letter to the court with all appropriate words, for you to use as a model
- A blank form for you to complete and print
This document was written and is maintained by solicitors at Net Lawman to comply with current English law.
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