(Stage 3) Fixing a court hearing date After your petition has been served on the respondent you should next apply to the Registrar for directions to set down the case for trial (i.e.to fix a date for a court hearing), using an application form obtainable from the Family Court Registry.If you’ve decided that divorce is the right option for you, it pays to know everything about the process before you make a start.With that in mind, we have created a guide to the divorce process to get you up to speed.The person who files the petition is referred to as the Petitioner, and the person who receives the petition is referred to as the Respondent.When the divorce petition has been received by the court, they will send a copy to you, together with a form called an Acknowledgement of Service.Once this has been done, you can apply for Decree Nisi.
The party who makes the application is called the petitioner.
However, if the Respondent makes the application it is necessary to attend court and there is a hearing before a District Judge who will hear the application.
For this reason it attracts a greater court fee which is currently £80.
It is simply a matter of paying a court fee (which is currently £40) and sending the application to the court.
Normally both parties will receive the decree absolute about 7/10 days later depending upon how busy the court is.