File for divorce

Fill in a divorce petition form to start a divorce.

You must include your:

  • full name and address
  • husband or wife’s full name and address
  • marriage certificate - the original certificate or a copy from a register office

You can include the names and dates of birth of any children (no matter how old they are), but you don’t have to.

You must try to find your husband or wife’s current address if you don’t know it. The court will need it to send them a copy of the divorce petition.

If you name the person your husband or wife committed adultery with, they’ll get copies of the paperwork.

If your marriage certificate isn’t in English or Welsh you must also include a certified translation.

Pay the fee

You must pay a £550 fee to start a divorce.

You may be able to get help with fees if you’re on benefits or a low income.

By phone with a debit or credit card

The divorce centre calls you to take your payment. Include a letter with your petition to request the call and give them your phone number.

By post with a cheque

Make out the cheque to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’ and send it with your petition.

Send the forms

Send 3 copies of the divorce petition forms to your nearest divorce centre. They’ll send one copy to your husband or wife.

You need to send 4 copies if you named someone your husband or wife committed adultery with.

Keep your own copy of the forms.