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Defective Divorce Petitions/Decrees


President of the Family Division Guidance

Section 3 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 provides as follows:

“Bar on petitions for divorce within one year of marriage.

(1) No petition for divorce shall be presented to the court before the expiration of the period of one year from the date of the marriage.

(2) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the presentation of a petition based on matters which occurred before the expiration of that period.”