Apply for a court order

You can apply online or using a paper form for any of the following:

  • child arrangements order
  • prohibited steps order
  • specific issue order
  • consent order

There’s a different process in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It costs £232 to apply for a court order. You may be able to get help paying court fees if you’re on benefits or a low income.

Before you apply

You must usually attend a meeting about mediation before you apply. This is called a mediation information and assessment meeting (MIAM).

You do not need to attend a MIAM either:

  • in certain cases (there’s been domestic abuse, for example)
  • if you’re applying for a consent order

Apply online

Once you’ve started your application, you can save your form and complete it later. You’ll have 28 days to complete the form after you’ve saved it.

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Apply using a paper form

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), your application will be processed faster if you apply online.

Follow these steps to apply for a court order using a paper form.

  1. Read guidance CB001 on making an application.

  2. Fill in the C100 court form. You must show you’ve attended a meeting about mediation first - except in certain cases (there’s been domestic abuse, for example) or when applying for a consent order.

  3. Send your original form and 3 copies of it to the nearest court that deals with cases involving children.

  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: