How to Apply for a Divorce Online (UK)
Your marriage has broken down and now you want to get a divorce online because it’s quicker, easier and cheaper, but where do you start?
Before you find a divorce service that is suitable for your situation, you first need to ensure you qualify to apply for divorce.
You can get a divorce online in England and Wales if:
- You have valid grounds for divorce.
- You are in agreement with the divorce.
- Your marriage has lasted at least 12 months.
- You see England or Wales as your permanent home or be domiciled in England or Wales if you live abroad.
Here are the 5 stages to getting a divorce online that you must take in order to obtain a decree absolute and end your marriage.
1. Find valid grounds for divorce
To file for divorce online your marriage must have irretrievably broken down by establishing one of the five available ‘facts’.
2. Pay the service fee
You will need to pay the service fee, which starts from £59 and is paid to get started with your divorce procedure. The divorce papers will be drafted for you with a series of next steps to complete.
3. Apply for divorce online
Apply for divorce online by using any of our award-winning online divorce services. Once you’ve paid the fee, you will simply need to complete a questionnaire and sign the divorce papers we send to you.
4. Apply for a decree nisi
If your partner concurs with the divorce petition then we will apply to the court for your decree nisi for you.
The decree nisi essentially confirms that there’s no good reason why you can’t divorce.
The judge will set you a nisi pronouncement date, which will then allow you to move onto the final step in the divorce procedure.
5. Apply for a decree absolute
After the mandatory period of 6 weeks has elapsed we will apply for the decree absolute for you, which usually takes the court between 2-3 weeks to grant the absolute and post it to you.
This decree ends your marriage.
Is online divorce safe and legal in the UK?
We regularly get asked this question, to which the answer is of course, yes. We have been providing couples with an alternative solution to divorce compared to the traditional use of high-street solicitors since 1999!
A majority of divorce cases in England and Wales end with the agreement of both parties so you should be able to divorce without solicitors, which is where an online divorce can come into play.
If you are still unsure whether online divorce is safe and legal, you can read through all 2,500+ reviews of our service on Trustpilot.
We provide clients with a low-cost, efficient and professional service, which can’t be said for all providers of online divorce services.
Please take the time to view our comparison of Divorce-Online.co.uk vs Quickie-Divorce.com to ensure you receive a brilliant service and don’t end up wasting your hard-earned money on an inferior service.
Is the divorce process different with an online divorce vs using a solicitor?
No, the divorce process does not change and the same exact procedure needs to be followed regardless whether you do it yourself, do it online or use a traditional solicitor.
You can see the exact divorce procedure you need to follow when filing for divorce, which is used by everyone that applies for a divorce in England and Wales.
An online divorce simplifies the process of getting a divorce by removing the need to visit our offices to complete any paperwork, which can be done via phone, email, Skype, Whatsapp and live chat (hello, it is 2019!).
Here are the 8 steps you will need to follow to end your marriage with an online divorce:
1) Pay the service fee
Applying online requires you to make a secure payment for your desired service. This can be done online or via the phone on 01793 384 029.
2) User accesses an online account
You will be provided with login details to our online divorce system, which enables you to complete your divorce documents and track your divorce.
3) User completes a set of questions
These questions will be basic personal and marriage details, which will then enable us to start drafting your divorce papers for you.
4) Divorce documents are produced
Your dedicated personal case manager will draft your divorce papers from the information you have provided us with to ensure they are correct.
5) Case manager edits and checks documents
Your case manager will check your divorce petition to ensure it’s correct and make any necessary edits before they are sent out to you.
6) User is sent divorce papers to sign
Your completed divorce documents will be posted to you for signature. Once you’ve signed the papers, you will need to return them back to us.
7) Case manager progresses your divorce
Your divorce petition will be sent into court and divorce proceedings will be initiated. Your case manager will then process all other applications until you receive your decree absolute.
8) User tracks progress online
Log in to your online case area and track the progress of your divorce case from start-to-finish. This feature is excellent for busy people and those that aren’t confident in completing the divorce process themselves.
Benefits of getting a divorce online vs hiring traditional solicitors
There are so many benefits to doing your divorce online over the traditional method of hiring solicitors to handle your divorce.
Find some of the most common reasons why more people are choosing an online divorce service vs using a high-street solicitor.
All services are fixed fee
With an online divorce, there are no hourly or hidden costs because each service is a fixed fee.
Our fixed fee services start from just £59 and provide a way for people to obtain a low-cost divorce when both parties are in agreement.
No visiting offices or taking time off work
Everything from applying for divorce to completing the divorce papers is done online, email or phone.
There’s no need to visit offices to complete paperwork that can very easily be done online in minutes.
Online divorce services are much quicker
High-street divorce solicitors aren’t known for their speed. That’s where online divorce is different, it’s all about making the divorce process as quick as possible to reduce the stress and acrimony.
We typically finalise divorce cases in 10-12 weeks quicker than most high-street solicitors do.
Online divorce is much cheaper
A divorce using a solicitor will likely cost you over £1,000 + VAT. For an agreed divorce this is quite unnecessary.
Our clients each typically save over £750 when compared to quotes they received from local divorce solicitors.
You can track progress online
We’re one of the only online divorce providers that enables you to track the entire divorce procedure online.
Online divorce have better customer service
You have direct contact information for your dedicated case manager.
There’s no passing you around or waiting to receive the information you need.
We know how annoying it can be when dealing with customer services that have you on hold and pass you between departments, which is why we don’t do that to you.
How to find an online divorce service?
There are three simple ways to find the right online divorce service that suits your situation.
- Google “divorce online” and look for (www.divorce-online.co.uk).
- Use our simple online tool to find the best service for you.
- Call us for a free consultation on 01793 384 029.
If you’d like to find out how we can save you time, stress and money with our online divorce services, please call us on 01793 384 029 or email us for more information.
Between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday we have live chat operating where a qualified divorce expert will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or queries you have.