The Court Fees are £550.
We are an expert online divorce service - therefore we have
considerably fewer overheads than a high street solicitor - this keeps
our costs down to a minimum, allowing us to pass on our savings to our
You cannot start a petition for divorce unless you have been married
for more than one year.
Since 1968 there has been just one ground for divorce - irretrievable
breakdown of marriage. However, you have to prove irretrievable
breakdown in one of five different ways. These are: adultery,
unreasonable behaviour, desertion for two years, separation for two
years where the other party consents, and separation for five years (no
6 weeks and one day. After this you may apply for the decree absolute.
No, you would need the other parties consent, alternatively you could
rely on the fact of unreasonable behaviour or 5 years separation
whereby consent is not required.
Attempt to find out from family & friends. Alternatively, a tracing
agent may be able to trace the party's whereabouts.
You would need to request the court to allow the court bailiff to
personally serve the divorce documents on the respondent. The court
bailiff would then swear an affidavit confirming service, should the
respondent still not respond you proceed to the next stage, the
application for special procedure whereby you would use the sworn
affidavit as an exhibit. You will have to pay the court a fixed fee for
After service you must allow 29 days for
the respondent to file a defence (called an "answer" in divorce
proceedings) and, if they do not, you can then apply for the decree
nisi (the first divorce decree).
We can provide you
with a "Request for Service by Court Bailiff" form.
Yes, providing 3 months have elapsed and the parties have not
You can contact the relevant registry office providing them with the
party"s names and date of marriage. They will provide you with the
original marriage certificate for a small fee.
In this case the marriage certificate needs to be translated into
English by an expert who would then have it sworn. You then need to
lodge this translation and statement with the court alongside other
Yes, provided one party is either domiciled or habitually resident (for
a year) in England and Wales.
No, you do not - but it is a good idea to do so. If you ignore the
financial issues and remarry, you may lose the right to have the
matrimonial financial affairs reviewed by the court. Many people do not
realise that your ex. can make a claim against your estate after you
die. There are special rules, and a claim will not succeed in every
case, but it is wise to get an agreement on finances and if appropriate
obtain a 'clean break' order (see our ‘Personal Plus Service’ page for
As with financial issues, you do not have to agree everything regarding
the children but it would be a good idea to do so. To get your divorce
you have to show that the arrangements for the children are
satisfactory or the best that can be devised in the circumstances. In
the context of divorce proceedings you can apply for orders relating to
the finances for the children and orders relating to residence and
contact but the court is reluctant to grant such orders unless it is
absolutely necessary. You will have to show why it is impossible to
No, but if the marriage certificate is in another language then you
need to obtain a notarised translation.
No, provided either of you are habitually resident in England and
There are complicated rules and if you are unsure please
No, provided the other is habitually resident here.
Afraid not, in this circumstance you will have to ask your spouse to
Unfortunately not. In order to successfully file for a divorce on the
grounds of adultery, then the adultery must be the reason for you and
your spouse having separated.
Yes, provided that whilst living in the same house you have lived
completely separate lives. This means that you have slept in separate
bedrooms, done your own domestic chores, cook, eat and socialise
separately and bills should be divided.
No, your spouse will be given an opportunity to consent on the
acknowledgement form when he/she receives the papers from the court.
Currently, 99.97% of all divorce petitions are returned the same day
they are completed. We aim to dispatch your divorce petition the same
day, if submitted before 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and guarantee to
dispatch your completed divorce petition within 24 hours of submission.
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