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Just answer the following questions:
Does your spouse agree to a divorce?
Is your spouse likely to object to divorce?
Have you been married for at least 1 year?
You can not get divorced in England & Wales unless you have been married for at least 1 year.
If you have not been married/civil partners for one year prior to your application and wish to separate you can apply for a judicial separation with the effect that all your marital obligations come to an end.
For more information on judicial separation see: https://www.gov.uk/legal-separation
Did you get married in the UK?
Married outside of the UK?
“ You must have a marriage that is legally recognised in the UK” *
Your marriage/civil partnership will be recognised in the UK if you followed the correct process to get married according to the local law of that country. .
For marriages in non – English speaking countries you will need to provide a certified translation of you marriage certificate with your application. See: https://www.gov.uk/certifying-a-document
Click "Yes" to continue.
Do you and your spouse live in England or Wales?
Do you live in England & Wales?
“ You must have a marriage that is legally recognised in the UK, and have a permanent home in England or Wales” *
To make a divorce application you must show that you have a connection to England & Wales. This connection is proven if you have a permanent home in England or Wales.
For divorces in Scotland
For more information on getting divorced in Scotland see: https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/taking-action/divorce-and-dissolution-of-civil-partnership
Has your marriage irretrievably broken down?
There is a single 'ground' for divorce in England & Wales: the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership.
To prove this 'ground' you can cite on one of five facts:
- Unreasonable Behaviour
- 2 years separation (Desertion)
- 2 years separation with consent of both parties
- 5 years separation
For more information on grounds see: https://www.gov.uk/divorce/grounds-for-divorce
Have you been separated for more than 2 years or more than 5 years?
You can use "2 year separation - desertion" as the ground for divorce.
For more information see: https://www.gov.uk/divorce/grounds-for-divorce
You can use "5 year separation" as the ground for divorce.
If you have been separated for less than 2 years, then it is best to come to an agreement with your spouse about applying for divorce.
If this is not possible then it complicates the divorce process, making an eDivorce less suitable; in these circumstances you may wish to consult a solicitor for advice.
Have you & your spouse agreed on financial arrangements?
Financial and Child Care arrangements: Non – Court based options.
Mediation is where an independent and impartial trained third party discusses issues with you and your ex spouse to try and reach an agreement. Mediation can be conducted separately if required. The Mediator does not act for any one individual and is there to assist in reaching an agreement.
Legal aid and limited free legal help is available for mediation if you meet the criteria. For more information on mediation see:
If you can reach an agreement on finances / child care, then you can get an "Online Divorce"
You can start your "Online Divorce" prior to completing mediation. For more information: online divorce and mediation
Have you & your spouse made arrangements in respect of children?
You can Online divorce with DivorceBox.com
Please continue to find out which service is right for You:
online divorce and DIY divorce both refer to the act of obtaining a divorce without using a solicitor.
The truth being that you don’t actually need a solicitor to get divorced.
online divorce is where we complete the forms for you, a DIY divorce is where you complete the divorce application.
“online divorce – divorce without the lawyers”
online divorce allows you to get divorced using experienced professionals, who only specialise in divorce, to either assist with a DIY divorce application or complete the forms for you.
Divorce is never easy but with DivorceBox it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Buy your preferred service to start your divorce today:
Simple Online Divorce
“Box Clever” with Divorce Box
We complete your divorce application form
We complete all the forms for you
DIY divorce application guidance
Choose the Online Divorce that suits your needs?
Choose your low cost solution?
Simple Online Divorce Service - assisted application
Our £199 Managed Online Divorce Service - Includes: Divorce application, Decree Nisi application, & Decree absolute application.
What "Court Fee" will you have to pay?
Court fees are payable when you divorce (unless you qualify for fee remission).
Q: Am I paying this because it's an Online divorce?
A: No every divorce costs £550. Court fees are payable whether you use a high street Solicitor, DIY divorce, or Online Divorce, unless you qualify for full or partial fee remission.
Court Fees & Fee Remission - click for more info
Fee Remission is available if you are on certain benefits or a lower income.
Q: How do I know if I qualify for fee remission?
A: Check out our fee remission guide, to see if you meet the requirements.
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Have you read the fee remission guide to see if you qualify?
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If you don't qualify a £550 court fee is payable
Service for you:
Our £69 Simple Online Divorce Service
Use our online questionnaire, to provide your details, we then complete your application form ready for you to sign within 24 hours
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Our £199 Managed Online Divorce Service
Use our online questionnaire, to provide your details, we then complete your application form ready for you to sign within 24 hours, we give you support throughout your divorce.
Use our online questionnaires for your decree nisi and decree absolute, we then complete the applications for you.
Managed Online Divorce - click for more info
Our £39 DIY Online Divorce Guides
Divorce guidance from start to finish, email support included.
DIY Online Divorce - click for more info
Download the Divorce application form (D8) for free.
To DIY Online Divorce on you own
Free Forms for Online Divorce - click for more info
To DIY Divorce on you own
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Q: What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer? A: It doesn’t matter you don’t need one
Q: What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer?
A: It doesn’t matter you don’t need one
Despite what Solicitors across the land will tell you. You don’t need to use a solicitor to get divorced.
And no solicitors = no solicitors bill’s.
Don’t get us wrong there may be instances where you want to use a solicitor, when complicated finances or complex child care arrangements are involved, but you don’t need one to actually get divorced.
And in many circumstances it may be preferable not to involve the lawyers.
It’s a personal choice and we believe an informed choice is the best choice.
Having made the difficult decision to divorce, one of the biggest worries for divorcing couples is how much is this going to cost?
Starting over is never cheap and lawyers fee’s can be expensive. That’s why we made all our services fixed fee.
“So that you know, from the start, exactly how much it will cost”
We are taught as children that it is “not polite to talk about money” but at DivorceBox we think it’s “impolite NOT to talk about money”. You should know at the beginning what something is going to cost, and what you are going to get in return.
We understand that our clients have new lives to plan, and having uncertain expenses looming on the horizon is the last thing that they need.
The short answer is that you don’t NEED a solicitor to get divorced.
There may be circumstances in which you might want to use a solicitor to get divorced, but you don’t ‘need’ one. The majority of divorcing couples could get divorced without using a solicitor should they choose to. See: www.gov.uk/divorce/overview
Its your choice, as a couple, to use or not to use a solicitor.
Do you want a solicitor to:
If you don’t need any of the above, and can decide as a couple:
Then you can obtain a divorce online.
When people refer to ‘getting a divorce’ they are generally referring to the whole process of separating.
To get divorced you need to:
You do not need a solicitor to make these applications. All three are made by completing the respective forms, and sending them to your local court/Divorce Centre for them to be processed.
Once you have obtained the decree absolute you are officially divorced.
Arrangements about where each party lives, who gets what, what happens with the kids, and what to do with the wedding silver; are decisions that need to made during a divorce but are not actually part of the divorce application.
If you need to resolve these issues, because your spouse is being unreasonable or uncooperative, you would need to make separate applications to the court. They run alongside but are separate from the actual divorce application.
(For non-court based solutions re:finances & children, see 4. below)
Very few divorces require a court ‘hearing’. The majority of divorces, including those involving solicitors, are dealt with without either party having to attend court.
It is worth stating at the outset that all applications, including those made by solicitors, are dealt with on the courts/divorce centres schedule, and based on their workload at the time. As you can imagine these vary from court to court.
“There is no such thing as a ‘quick’ divorce”
Any company or solicitor promising a “quick divorce” is making promises based on a fact that they can not control, the courts schedule. It is the court/Divorce Centres schedule that determines the speed at which a divorce is granted.
On average, all going well, it takes 6 – 9 months to ‘get’ divorced, and receive the decree absolute.
Mediation is where an independent and impartial third party discusses issues with you and your ex-spouse, to try and reach an agreement. The mediator does not act for any one individual and is there to assist in reaching an agreement. Mediation can be conducted separately when required.
Legal aid and limited free legal help are available for mediation if you meet the criteria.
You can start your divorce application before or whilst undertaking mediation, as the divorce process is separate to, but runs alongside the making of arrangements about finances, property and childcare.
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