Uncontested Divorce in England and Wales
Agreeing to a divorce is a quicker & more inexpensive way to divorce.
We understand that going through a divorce or separation is difficult and emotional. Divorce-Online was founded 20 years ago to help couples in agreement to divorce save time, stress and money.
90% of all divorces filed in England and Wales are uncontested, but what exactly is an uncontested divorce?
An uncontested divorce is just a divorce, regardless of the reason for divorce, but where both parties agree to not formally defend the divorce.
If you are in agreement to the divorce it provides you with a quicker, easier and cheaper way to divorce compared to using local divorce solicitors.
You won’t be expected to attend a court hearing and everything can be dealt with quickly and easily online from home or work with no face-to-face meetings necessary.
If you qualify for an amicable divorce there will be no need to instruct a solicitor and therefore save hundreds on the cost of your divorce.
Benefits to obtaining an uncontested divorce
Most people seeking an amicable divorce want to have it dealt with as quickly as possible, whilst saving money on solicitor’s fees and not having much stress.
Here’s why you should consider obtaining an uncontested divorce;
- More Affordable – The average saving when agreeing to divorce is over £750.
- Quicker – An uncontested divorce can be finalised within 4-5 months, whereas contesting can prolong a divorce for years.
- Stress-Free – There is less acrimony involved with uncontested cases, which therefore allows proceedings to move on.
- Everything can be done online – You won’t need to take any time off of work or arrange childcare.
- No court attendance required – We in agreement to the divorce you won’t need to visit the courts at any point.
The Uncontested Divorce Procedure
When your divorce is uncontested, the procedure to obtain a divorce is relatively straightforward and can be completed with a low amount of stress and pain.
There is rarely a need to instruct solicitors in uncontested divorce cases other than receiving initial legal advice, which can ensure you keep the costs of your divorce to a minimum.
File a D8 divorce petition
To start divorce proceedings regardless of how you decide to process the divorce requires the completion of form D8. The divorce petition is the main document in any divorce and includes all of your personal and marital details, such as grounds for divorce.
Acknowledgement of Service
The courts will send your spouse a copy of the divorce papers, which they must sign and return to the courts. This is usually done within 7 days when couples are in agreement with the divorce.
You now must apply for permission to divorce, which is done by applying for the decree nisi. This stage of the divorce process essentially confirms that the Judge can see no reason in law why you can’t divorce.
The final decree requires a further application to the courts. This time, it’s the decree absolute, which is the final decree in proceedings and is the certificate that confirms your marriage has ended.
Compare Our Service vs High-Street Solicitors
If you are new to online divorce and don’t understand how it’s different to traditional high-street solicitors, the below comparison should help show you the main differences in each approach.
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