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In 1858 the handling of the legal process for divorce was transferred from the ecclesiastical courts to a newly established civil court, the Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes.
In 1873 responsibility was passed to a division of the new Supreme Court.
Search and download divorce case files for England and Wales (J 77/1/A1 – J 77/1063/2238) at uk ( In cases of suspected collusion or deceit, decrees could be overturned.
Registers of divorce cases investigated by the King’s or Queen’s Proctor, from 1875, are in TS 29. You may find examples of collusive divorces in the case files. In 1858 divorce law was introduced in England but divorce remained too expensive for most people until the 1920s.
First appeals could be heard at the Archbishop’s Court at Canterbury or York.
The papers are arranged by case and term, and consist of bundles of papers relating to each particular case.
For legal proof of your own divorce, or any divorce in England or Wales since 1858 to the present, go to the GOV.
UK website for details of how to request a copy of a .
If you know the names of both parties, you might find a deed of separation in the Close Rolls in C 54.
You may find records of the deed and correspondence among family or estate records.