A favourite phrase in the newspapers whenever celebrities get divorced. No such thing. All divorces take a minimum of 4 months.
You are either married or you are not. Unmarried couples who separate are dealt with in a very different way to married couples who divorce.
Although a possible ground for divorce in the USA, it is not the case here in England and Wales. Here, you have to show that your marriage has irretrievably broken down as a result of adultery or unreasonable behaviour or that you have been separated for either 2 years (with your spouse’s consent) or 5 years (no consent required).
If you are still married and have sex with a person of the opposite sex it is adultery whether you are separated or not.
Nothing magical happens after 2 or 5 years. The divorce process, paperwork and cost are the same as if you divorce on any other basis.
It is extremely rare for a divorce to be successfully defended. Consent is required for separation for 2 years and adultery has to be admitted, but no consent is required for unreasonable behaviour or separation for 5 years.
The Court is not generally interested in who was at fault in the relationship when dealing with a financial settlement.
Dealing with the divorce itself is a paper exercise and there is no need to attend Court in the majority of cases. It is also possible and advisable to deal with matters involving children and finances without attending Court.
You must wait one year from the date of the wedding to apply for a divorce.
If you have a valid original marriage certificate you can divorce here. If the certificate is in another language, you must have it translated into English.