Get a copy of a decree absolute or final order
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
- 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.
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.