How to apply
To apply for a divorce you’ll need:
- 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 must try to find your husband or wife’s current address if you do not 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.
You must pay a £550 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 application has been issued.
You may be able to get help with fees if you get benefits or are on a low income.
You can apply for a divorce online.
You’ll need a debit or credit card to apply online.
Apply by post or in Welsh
Fill in a divorce application form D8 (‘divorce petition’) to start a divorce.
You can get help filling in the form at a Citizens Advice office.
Send 3 copies of the form 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.
How to pay
You can either pay by:
- debit or credit card - the divorce centre will call you to take payment
- cheque - made payable to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’