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.

Fee

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

Sign in to continue an application started before 6 April 2022.

If you’re applying on or after 6 April 2022

Apply now or sign in to continue an application started on or after 6 April 2022.

If you need help applying online

There are 2 types of help available. You can get help if:

  • you’re able to apply online and there’s a problem - for example a technical issue or you need advice
  • you need support to apply online - for example you’re not confident using the internet

Help if you’re able to apply online and there’s a problem

You can get help if you:

  • are having technical issues with the service
  • need advice about the information you’re providing

Courts and Tribunals Service Centre
Webchat
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Closed on bank holidays

divorcecase@justice.gov.uk

Telephone: 0300 303 0642
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Closed on bank holidays
Find out about call charges

Help if you need support to apply online

You can phone the Digital Support helpline if you:

  • do not feel confident using the internet
  • do not have access to a computer or smartphone

Digital Support helpline
Telephone: 03300 160051
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Closed on bank holidays
Text FORM to 60777 and someone will call you back
Find out about call charges

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
Harlow
CM20 9UG

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’
  1. Step 1 Get support and advice

    You can get support or counselling to help you through the divorce process.

    1. Get support and advice from Relate
    2. Find a counsellor on Counselling Directory
  2. Step 2 Check if you can get divorced

  3. Step 3 Make arrangements for children, money and property

  4. Step 4 Apply for a divorce

  5. Step 5 Apply for a ‘conditional order’ or ‘decree nisi’

  6. Step 6 Finalise your divorce

  7. Step 7 Report that your circumstances have changed

    You also have to tell other government organisations that you're getting divorced if: