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Get a Legal Separation

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You must fill out a separation petition and submit it to the court to obtain a legal separation.

You can live separately without divorcing or terminating your civil relationship if you have a legal separation.

For the same reasons that you could petition for divorce or discontinue a civil partnership, you can request a legal separation.

However, you do not have to prove that the marriage or civil partnership has irreversibly broken down.

A legal separation may be necessary if:

  • You’re opposed to divorce on religious grounds.
  • you’ve only been married or in a civil partnership for a year or less
  • It would help if you had time and space to figure out whether or not you want to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership.

However, you do not have to prove that the marriage or civil partnership has irreversibly broken down.

A legal separation may be necessary if:

1. You’re opposed to divorce on religious grounds.

2. you’ve only been married or in a civil partnership for a year or less

3. You need time and space to figure out whether or not you want to divorce or dissolve your civil partnership.

Fill out form D8 to request a judicial separation.

Send three copies of the petition to your local divorce centre, plus one to yourself. You must include a certified copy of your marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate when you send the form.

It costs £365 to obtain a legal separation.

Fill out form D8 to request a judicial separation.

Send three copies of the petition to your local divorce centre, plus one to yourself. You must have included a certified copy of your marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate when you sent the form.

It costs £365 to obtain a legal separation.

If you’re on benefits or have a low income, you may qualify for court cost assistance.