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In Northern Ireland a divorce / dissolution of civil partnership may only be presented to the court after the parties have been married / in a civil partnership for a period of two years.

The law concerning divorce / dissolution of civil partnership procedures and the forms are different in Northern Ireland to other parts of the United Kingdom. This area of our website provides background information and lists the relevant forms that you need to apply for a divorce / dissolution of civil partnership. The forms and procedures must meet the requirements of The Matrimonial Causes Order (Northern Ireland) 1978, The Family Proceedings Rules (Northern Ireland) 1996, Civil Partnership Act 2004 and any relevant EC Council Regulations.


We will provide information and help you to comply with the Rules relating to the law which governs these proceedings. Our staff are not legally qualified and therefore are not in a position to give legal advice.

This section of the site is broken down into 5 sections:-

  1. General overview of the process for matrimonial proceedings;
  2. Guidance for practitioners completing the relevant forms and documentation; ; 
  3. Guidance for customers who want to make an application without engaging the services of a solicitor
  4. Ancilliary Relief
  5. Forms and checklists for customers to download and complete.


Details on the fees for matrimonial proceedings can be found here.

Contacting the Matrimonial Office

If you have procedural queries or require copies of any documentation relating to divorce / dissolution of civil partnership proceedings, you should contact the Matrimonial Office

The Matrimonial Office postal address is:-

The Matrimonial Office
Royal Courts of Justice
Chichester Street
Belfast BT1 3JF

The office can also be contacted by:-

Phone: 030 0200 7812
Fax: 028 9072 5939
In person: The public counter for the Matrimonial Office is on the 1st Floor, May Street Wing of the Royal Courts of Justice building.