You must apply after six weeks and a day but before four and a half months. A Decree Nisi has no expiry date, but if you let more than a year elapse before applying for the Decree Absolute you must lodge an explanation with the court stating:
· Why you have allowed so much time to elapse;
· Whether you have lived together in the interim; and
· Whether any child has been born and whether or not it is being treated as a child of the family.