The requirement to have tried mediation is exempt in certain circumstances, such as if there’s domestic abuse involved.
The financial settlement and the arrangements for children are actually separate from the divorce process itself. You will first need to apply to the courts for a divorce (a petition) and then once the respondent has been served the petition then the decree nisi can be applied for. While this is happening you can also apply to the court for a financial settlement (or child arrangements) if you feel it is necessary. It is normally only after the finances have been settled that the decree absolute – the part that means you’re officially divorced – can be applied for.
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