Hello again and thanks for the extra info.
Yes the original decree nisi does still stand - unloess your noyfriend has been formally notified by the court that it does not. So he did exactly the right thing after the date of the dcree nisi in waiting 3 months plus 6 weeks and a day, and then applying for the decree absolute himself. So I am puzzled about what happened next. His application for the decree absolute with the relevant court fee should have been passed by the court office to the district judge, who should then have set the case up for a short hearing, to give the petitoner the chance to explain why she did not apply for the decree absolute within the 6 weeks.The petitoner would need to have been served by the respondent with a copy of the court notice of the time and date of this short hearing.
Your boyfriend could ring the court office to see what happened to his application for the decree absolute, and take what steps they advise him. If his application has somehow been lost by the court office, it might be simplest just to make a fresh application now.
This application for application for decree nisi will be a bit more complex now, as more than 12 months has elapsed since the date of the decree nisi. Here are the forms your boyfriend will need to complete:-
Form D36 - Notice of Application for Decree Nisi to be made Absolute
This will need to be accompanied by a written statement which must include reasons for the delay, whether or not the parties have lived together since the date of the decree nisi, and if so, between what dates, whether the wife has given birth to a child since the date of the decree nisi, and if so, whether the child is a "child of the family" or not. I have been trying to check whether there is a standard format statement that you could download and complete, to send with the D36 - but unfortunately the court website seems not to be working at the moment. But I will keep checking and send you the link if there is one.
Without a standardised statement, I would strongly advise your boyfriend to get a solicitor to draft the statement in support of his application for decree absolute more than 12 months after decree nisi, because it must have all the elements in it, and it must include a statement of truth.
Here's where to find a specialist family law solicitor:-
There will be a court fee which will probably be £90 - but I cannot check the court fee as the court website is not working at the moment.
I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck.
Thanks and best wishes...