Divorce a missing husband or wife

You can get a divorce or end your civil partnership if you don’t know where your partner is or they’re presumed dead.

If you do not know where they are

The process might be quicker if you can find their current address. The ways you can do this include contacting their:

  • relatives (including children)
  • friends
  • last known employer
  • trade union or professional organisation

Fill in the divorce petition with their current, or last known, address. You’ll have to pay a £550 court fee.

If the petition is returned unopened

Your regional divorce centre will let you know if the divorce petition is returned unopened. You’ll need to try another way to send the petition to your partner. You can either:

You’ll have to pay a £50 court fee for each.

If you still can’t find them, you’ll have to fill in the statement to dispense with service of divorce petition. Return the statement to your regional divorce centre. You’ll have to pay a £50 court fee.

If they’re presumed dead

If you have sufficient evidence that your partner has died then you can end the marriage using form D8D without sending the divorce petition.

You’ll have to pay a £365 court fee.

You can use a solicitor to advise you on what evidence you need to provide. Find a solicitor.

You can use this form to remarry, but not to get a death certificate, financial order (‘ancillary relief’) or apply for probate.