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Are you the petitioner?
What have you both been doing since 2015?
Why didn't the petitioner apply for the decree absolute?
was there a financial settlement?
That doesn't make much sense - are you certain he did not apply for the decree absolute? Have you checked with him and with the court?
You're going to need to do a search to double check that the decree absolute was not already pronounced. You need form D440, and can check from 2015 to the current date. This is the only sure way to know whether the DA has already been pronounced.
If it hasn't been pronounced, you will need to apply on form D36 for the decree absolute - BUT you will have to write a formal witness statement explaining why there has been a seven year delay in making the application. You need to include details of the following:
The court will review your application at that stage and make a decision one way or the other.
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