Hi. I have been seperated for 10 years. My husband finally agreed to begin divorce proceedings 2 years ago. He completed the Petition and then disappeared refusing to acknowledge and communication from anyone.
I have finally received my Decree Nisi but as a Respondant it tells me I must wait for a certain length of time. He could apply for the Absolute but he is still AWOL. Does anyone know whether a court would accept an early application from me as Respondant. I won''t go into details but the divorce is necessary on grounds of safety, finance and to be honest my mental health. Any advice would be most welcome.By the way - he insisted on being the petitioner - now I see why.
I am not really sure why you did not Petition on the grounds of five years separation. No consent needed.
Don''t think you can get Decree Absolute more quickly than three months one day. I guess you could apply in advance to be sure it goes through at the earliest opportunity.
Please bear in mind that the decree absolute does not protect you -or him - from a financial claim. Finances are separate from the actual divorce. If you feel you are in any kind of danger from him, you need to seek help. Speak to women''s aid and/or the police.