In Scotland, it is possible to apply for what is often referred to as a “quickie” divorce using the Simplified Procedure.
The Simplified Procedure can be used in situations where you have been separated for more than two years or, indeed, for more than one year if your estranged spouse consents to the divorce proceeding. If he or she consents, then there is a form which is sent to him or her for signature.
In addition, in order to use the Simplified Procedure, there can be no outstanding financial matters relating to the marriage and there can be no children under the age of 16 years. If there are outstanding financial matters or children under 16, then the divorce can only proceed using Ordinary Court Procedure.
The advantage of using the Simplified Procedure is that matters are dealt with more quickly and also less expensively. There is a fee payable to the court when lodging the Application in the sum of £125. The Application does not require to be completed by a Solicitor, but there is a section on the Application which needs to be signed and notarised by a Solicitor or another Notary Public.