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What is a D36 form?

In order to get a divorce, it’s necessary to complete a wide range of different pieces of paperwork throughout the divorce process. The D36 form has to be filled in as part of this process.

In this article, we’ll discuss the D36 form in detail, including the information you’ll need to provide on the D36 form and when you’ll need to complete it.


What is a D36 form?

A D36 form is used to ask the court to make a decree nisi absolute. It can also be utilised to make a conditional order final.

The D36 form is an essential part of the divorce process, as it is what is used to apply for the decree absolute. When you have the decree absolute, you are officially divorced. It is at this point (and not before) that you are free to remarry, if you wish.

You will need to wait at least 6 weeks and 1 day after your decree nisi is pronounced, before you can apply for your decree absolute with the D36 form.

If you take more than 12 months to submit your D36 form (after you get your decree nisi), you may have to explain this delay to the court.

D36 form


What does a D36 form look like?

The D36 form is a relatively straightforward one-page document.

The words in bold at the top of the D36 form explain the purpose of this piece of paperwork: “Notice of application for decree nisi to be made absolute or conditional order to be made final”.

At the top right hand corner of the form, there is a section to be filled in by the Petitioner or the Respondent (depending on who is applying for the decree absolute – speak to your solicitor for more information). The information required includes the name of the court, your case number and the names of the Petitioner and the Respondent.

The person completing the D36 form will need to tick a box to say whether they are the Petitioner or the Respondent, then add the date of the decree nisi.

It’s then necessary to sign and date the form.

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How to fill in a D36 form

You can complete the D36 form yourself or get your solicitor to do it for you.

It’s always best to seek independent legal advice when you’re getting a divorce. This way, you can ensure that there are no mistakes on any of the legal forms, which could cause unnecessary delays to the divorce process.


Where to send the D36 form

After you have completed the form, you will need to send it to the court.

After the court receives the document, it will make sure that there are no issues stopping it from granting the divorce.

All being well, you should receive your decree absolute within 24 hours (if you applied online) or 10 days (if you made the application via the post).


Other articles that may be of interest to you?

How long does a divorce take?

What is the divorce process?

When is decree absolute granted in a divorce?

Decree Nisi – What does this mean in a divorce?

What are the first steps to divorce?


How can our expert divorce solicitors help you with a D36 form

Our expert family law solicitors can help you with a range of legal issues relating to a D36 form, including:


Contact our expert divorce solicitors for advice

For more information call our divorce solicitors on 0845 862 5001 or email

Our expert family law solicitors offer a nationwide service. We have client meeting office facilities available, in order to have face-to-face client meetings / conferences as and when required in:

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08th January 2020

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