The decree nisi is the first formal stage of the divorce which occurs, in undefended proceedings, after the Petition has been issued and the Acknowledgment of Service form has been completed.

Once the court has received the Petitioner’s application for decree nisi in accordance with p), 1) and 2) above, a District Judge will review the papers and, provided everything is in order, will usually list a date for pronouncement of the decree nisi. The parties and their solicitors, if so instructed, will be notified of the date of the hearing although in practice attendance at the hearing is not necessary unless there is a dispute as to divorce costs.