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 they’re not presumed dead

You’ll first need to fill in the divorce petition with their last known address. You’ll have to pay a £550 court fee. The court will let you know if it’s returned unopened.

If it returns unopened then you’ll need to show that you’ve done everything you can to find them, by contacting their:

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

If you still can’t find them then you’ll have to fill in the statement to dispense with service of divorce petition.

Return the statement to your local divorce county court. 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.