How long do I have to be separated before I can divorce UK?
2 yearsYou can apply for a divorce if you've been separated for at least 2 years before applying for divorce and you both agree to it.
Do you have to wait 2 years to get divorced?
You do not have to wait two years to divorce if you can show the Court that your marriage has irretrievably broken down due to adultery or unreasonable behaviour, in which case you can divorce after one year.
Is it better to get a legal separation before a divorce?
A legal separation can be a stopping point on the way to divorce. It allows a couple to resolve all the important issues (custody and financial issues) in their lives while keeping the marriage intact and determining what they really want. A legal separation is reversible. If you get divorced, there is no going back.