Applying for a divorce in England and Wales
- Applying for a divorce can be a daunting process for most people, but this is rather ironic, because a large part of filling for divorce in England and wales is dealing with paperwork which you can do completely by yourself using our DIYCOURTS virtual assistant. This virtual assistant works with you at your own pace for a one-time fee. ( you can see how this works here https://diycourts.co.uk/how-does-it-work/ ). This makes it possible to apply for a divorce without a solicitor.
- You are entitled to apply for divorce if you have been married for at least one year. You must also be domiciled or a resident in England or wales.
To apply for a divorce, you will need to:
- Fill and submit a (form D8) divorce petition. (Get this form here https://diycourts.co.uk/family-court/view/D8/ )
- Pay a court fee (Usually £550)
- File a Decree Nisi
- File a Decree absolute NB: You will also need to submit your marriage certificate in English or a translated version of it.
- Grounds for divorce
There is only one ground for divorce, which is the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage, and you can prove this using one of the five available grounds which are listed below:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- 2 years separation with consent
- 5 years separation with or without consent.
- Once you are certain about your ground(s) for divorce, the next step would be to fill the form D8,( https://diycourts.co.uk/family-court/view/D8/) which is also called the divorce petition. You can fill it here using our complete divorce kit.
- After you fill the form, you will need to submit your application in court. The next step would be for the court to notify your spouse seeking his /her acknowledgment. He/ she would either agree to the terms and reason/s for divorce or reject them using the form D8B (https://diycourts.co.uk/family-court/view/D8B/ ) also known as the Divorce answer form.
- If all things go well, you can proceed for a decree nisi. This is an interim divorce pronouncement. A certificate is issued stating that both parties are entitled to a divorce after a given period of time and if both parties do not contest it. This time period is six weeks. It is after this six-week period that you can ask for a final pronouncement of divorce.
- As for the cost to get a divorce, the average cost stands at £14,561. If there is no property contest the price can be much lower, but in the case of a property contest, it can skyrocket because of solicitor’s fee. The major cost for getting a divorce, you can tell, is the cost of hiring a solicitor. Therefore, a DIY service like diycourts.co.uk is perfect for you.
- You can begin your divorce application for a one-time fee of £59.99. This service would not only provide you with all the forms you need, but with a fully responsive virtual support you need to begin and complete your application at your own pace. You can start the process here (https://diycourts.co.uk/family-court/view/D8/).
- If you begin your divorce application with us then you save hundreds of pounds by paying £59.99 (form filling fee to us) plus £550 (court fee to the government) totalling approximately £609.99. If you go for a solicitor, this would cost you around £450 to £950 in solicitor's fee alone, totalling between £1000 to £1500 fee to apply. If you are responding to a divorce petition, the solicitor’s fee is usually lower, which is approximately between £240 to £600 ( or more).
- But you can do it yourself with our service at £39.99. This is the approximate fee if you reach an agreement with your partner. If you do not reach an agreement with your partner, the court will charge you an additional court fee of £255 – excluding a solicitor’s fee within the range of £10,000 to £15,000.
- In summary, to get a divorce you need to make sure that you are domiciled in England or Wales or resides there; and you have met either one of the five grounds (listed above) for divorce before you begin to fill form D8. You may also require other forms which you will be able to get as a kit on this link https://diycourts.co.uk/family-court/view/D8/.
- After you submit your divorce petition with the court fee, your partner will be sent an acknowledgment which will be respond to with the divorce answer form (https://diycourts.co.uk/family-court/view/D8B/). If your partner does not dispute your divorce petition, and the court finds that you and your partner are eligible for a divorce, the Court would then issue with a certificate that says you are to be divorced after six weeks.