How to apply for a divorce online in the UK?
You can apply for a divorce online in the UK if you live in England or Wales.
The legal system in England and Wales is different from Scotland and Northern Ireland.
This website only offers information on divorce proceedings in England and Wales.
You can apply for a divorce online directly to the court service in England and Wales using the link here to the .gov website
Applying for a divorce online
You don’t need a solicitor to apply for a divorce online in the UK.
However, we recommend that you avoid cheap unregulated websites offering cut price divorces in record breaking times.
So does Citizens Advice. You can look at their website here.
Divorce centres in England and Wales
All new divorce applications are handled by a divorce centre in England or Wales.
If you apply for your divorce online, the system will automatically choose a divorce centre for you based on your postcode.
If you choose to apply by post for your divorce, you will need to choose the divorce centre nearest to where you live.
Remember you can presently only apply for a divorce online in the UK if you live in England or Wales.
The .gov website has a court search tool to help you choose. You can find that here.
Is it difficult to apply for a divorce online?
The system is designed to deal with straightforward divorce proceedings.
You will need to know where your spouse is living and the divorce will need to be uncontested/undefended.
Most divorces are straightforward. If you are used to ordering goods and services online, it is likely that you will find the government’s online divorce service straightforward to use.
We have seen many people use the service without difficulty.
If we had to measure the level of difficulty, we would say it is similar to ordering a passport online.
Tricky divorce cases – you may need help
Not all divorces are straightforward.
If you don’t know where your spouse is or if they will not cooperate with the divorce, you may need help.
You can find family law solicitors near you on the law society website.
A list of mediators near you is on the family mediation council website.
Or, you can also look on the solicitors’ family law association website (called Resolution) for details of family lawyers, mediators and collaborative lawyers.
Help with a financial agreement/consent order
It is normal to reach an agreement at the end of your divorce about how to divide up your assets and belongings.
If you want to make this agreement legally binding, you will need to ask the court to approve it and make it into a court order.
This type of court order is also known as a financial remedy order or a consent order.
If you would like help drafting a consent order you will need to see a solicitor.
We recommend that you avoid cheap document management sites or websites run but entrepreneurs with no legal qualifications or experience.
Your assets are valuable. Don’t risk it.
For more information on consent orders and how to apply for one, you can visit nicolawilliams.co.uk.
You can watch a short video on applying for a consent order here.