3. File for divorce

You need to 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

Include the names and dates of birth of any children (no matter how old they are).

If you name the person your husband or wife was unfaithful with, they will get copies of the paperwork.

Pay the court fee

You will have to pay a £550 court fee to start a divorce.

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

Send the forms

Once you have filled in the forms:

  • send 2 copies of the divorce petition form to the court (3 if you named someone your husband or wife had an affair with)
  • keep your own copies

Where to send the forms

Send the forms to your nearest divorce court.