How long is the cooling off period for divorce in the UK, and how does it work?

Before you can apply for your conditional order in your divorce, there is a mandatory 20-week cooling off period. This gives the parties an opportunity to reflect on their divorce, attempt reconciliation, or plan and agree practical arrangements for their future apart. It is hoped that the 20-week cooling off period will help separating couples save time and money and bring an end to the ‘blame game’ that can all too easily become pervasive. This article looks at the issues involved.