Can you get an automatic divorce after 5 or 7 years of separation?
A question we frequently get asked is "how long do I have to be separated before divorce is automatic?"... well unfortunately, there is no such thing as an automatic divorce.
There is a myth that you can just get divorced after 5+ years of separation without the other spouse having the opportunity to see and comment on the divorce papers.
There are no rules in uk divorce law that entitles you to an automatic divorce, regardless of your length of separation.
You must satisfy the courts rules and file for divorce using the ground 5 years of separation with no consent required; but this can be tricky if you've lost contact with your spouse.
In order to get a divorce on the basis of 5 years separation without consent, you have to show the court;
- That you do not know where your spouse is residing.
- What you have done to locate them, such as contacting relatives and friends, searching the electoral roll, or enquiring with their employer.
If you have an address for your spouse, or could locate them through friends or family this will reduce the costs of your divorce, for more information on this call our divorce advisors for a free consultation on 01793 384 029.
We recommend exhausting all avenues when trying to locate your spouse as it reduces the cost of your divorce and the time in which you can obtain your decree absolute.
Divorce-Online have dealt with thousands of online divorces using the 5-year separation ground, so we are experts in helping you get a stress free divorce using this ground for divorce.
Who is a Missing Spouse Divorce Service for?
This service is for people that wish to get a divorce on the grounds of 5 years separation, but have no contact with their spouse and have no address to locate them.
Instead of instructing a solicitor that could cost you over £1,500 + VAT, we can manage the entire process for just £349 fixed fee, which allows you to carry on with your life whilst we deal with obtaining your divorce for a low cost fixed fee.
When you order this service for a fixed fee of £349, we will prepare all required application forms and divorce forms you will need to apply for divorce under 5 years separation.
You do not need to employ a solicitor to handle your divorce when you order this service as we deal with everything for you from start to finish, saving you over £1,000 compared to using a solicitor.
You'll be kept up-to-date on the progress of your case throughout, without needing to chase us. For more information on how this service works and what's involved, view our Missing Spouse Divorce Service.
Court fees are payable of £550 as a minimum. Extra court fees may be payable depending on how many applications we have to make for you. These cost £45.00 each time. These additional court fees only apply if you don't have an address for you spouse. You may be exempt from the fees if you are on low income or benefits.