UK Immigration Law
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As a US citizen you do not need to apply for a visitor's visa - one will be granted to you at customs here upon port of entry. The grant of a visitor's visa is discretionary though, but usually they are only denied to US citizens if they know you have a substantial criminal record or suspect you may try and stay here permanently.
The visa will be granted for a period of 6 months to run from the day you receive the stamp in your passport, but you would not be able to undertake any paid or unpaid work whilst you are here.
They do tend to get sniffy if you tend to tack one visitor period on to another so given the length of time until your divorce is final I would only plan for one visitors visa. While you are here it would be best to see a solicitor about preparing your fiance visa application to give you the best possible chance of success without the need to appeal.
You can find UK solicitors in the area in the UK where you will be here:-
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If you are intending on returning to the US a couple of times during the 6 month period then you will need to speak to the British Embassy near you about a multiple entry visa - you can't do that under the terms of a normal visitor's visa.
Again though, you are not permitted to work under the terms of any visitor's visa.