Contact the court where the divorce, dissolution or annulment took place to get a copy of a decree absolute or final order.

It costs £10 if you know the case number. You can pay by:

  • credit or debit card
  • cheque
  • postal order

Contact the court by phone to pay by debit or credit card.

Make a cheque or postal order payable to ‘HM Courts & Tribunals Service’ and send it to the court, along with:

  • your name and address
  • the case number

If you don’t know the case number

You can give the court the date you think the case happened. The court will search 5 years of records either side of that date.

If you can’t give them a date, the court will search the last 10 years of records. It costs £45 for every 10 years of records searched.

You can contact the court by phone to pay by debit or credit card. Or you can make a cheque or postal order payable to ‘HM Courts & Tribunals Service’ and send it to the court by post.

If you don’t know which court to ask

You can ask the Central Family Court to search for the decree absolute or final order. This will cost £65 for each 10 year period that’s searched.

Pay by cheque or postal order

Fill in form D440 and send it to the address on the form, along with the fee.

Make the cheque or postal order payable to ‘HM Courts & Tribunals Service’.

Pay by credit or debit card

Fill in form D440 and email it to the Central Family Court, then pay the fee by phone.

Central Family Court
Cfc.decreeabsolute@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7421 8594
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
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