How to apply
To apply for a divorce you’ll need:
- yours and your husband or wife’s full name and address
- your original marriage certificate or a certified copy (and a certified translation if it’s not in English)
- proof of your name change if you’ve changed it since you got married - for example your marriage certificate or a deed poll
You will be asked for your husband or wife’s current address. This is so the court can send them a copy of the divorce application. Find out what to do if you do not know your husband or wife’s address.
If you give your husband or wife’s email address, the court will send the divorce papers to them online. If you do not give an email address the papers will be sent by post.
There’s a £593 fee to apply for a divorce. The way you pay depends on how you apply. Your fee will not be refunded after you are sent the notice that your divorce application has been issued.
If you need help paying the fee
You may be able to get help with fees if you get benefits or are on a low income. You can apply for this help online or with a paper form.
If you apply for the help online, you’ll get a reference number. Use that reference number when you apply for a divorce so you do not have to pay the fee upfront.
If you apply for the help with a paper form, you will not get a reference number. If you do not want to pay the fee upfront, apply for divorce by post and include your paper form with your divorce application.
A decision will then be made about your application for help with fees. Depending on what’s decided, you may be asked to pay some or all of the fee.
If you are making a joint divorce application and want help with paying the fee, you must both apply for help. If your husband or wife is not eligible or does not apply, you’ll have to pay the full fee.
Apply online or continue an existing application
The service you need to use depends on when you started your application.
You’ll need a debit or credit card to apply online.
If you applied before 6 April 2022
If you’re applying on or after 6 April 2022
Solicitors can apply online using a MyHMCTS account.
If you need help applying online
Who you contact depends on the type of help you need.
If you’re having technical issues or need guidance about how to apply
If you do not have access to the internet or do not feel confident using it
Apply by post
Fill in a divorce application form D8 to start a divorce.
You can get help filling in the form at a Citizens Advice office.
Send a copy of the form to:
HMCTS Divorce and Dissolution service
PO Box 13226
Keep your own copy of the form.
If you’re a Welsh speaker, you can apply by post using the divorce application form D8 (Welsh).
How to pay
You can either pay by:
- debit or credit card - HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) will call or email you with details of how to pay
- cheque - made payable to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’