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How To Start Divorce Proceedings

Processing a divorce application online has been around in the UK for over 20 years, but even now some people are still sceptical and unsure about it, so here’s how to start a divorce without using solicitors.

Online divorce is a more streamlined and efficient way to end your marriage compared with the traditional route of instructing a local lawyer.

How do I start divorce proceedings and why do thousands of people choose an online divorce over traditional high street family law solicitors every year?

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    How To Start Divorce Proceedings Without Using Solicitors

    To start divorce proceedings in England or Wales you must have been married for at least 12 months and one party to the divorce must live in England or Wales or still regard England or Wales as their permanent home if living abroad.

    Provided the answer is yes to the conditions above you can submit a divorce application simply on the basis of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage –  without any separation period or having to blame your partner for unreasonable behaviour or of committing adultery.

    If you are unsure how to start divorce proceedings, please call us on 01793 384 029 for a free consultation or speak with us on Live Chat


    In most cases, instructing solicitors is unnecessary and the procedure can be completed simply without hassle. Here is a timeline of the divorce process.

    Step 1

    One person starts the divorce

    Step 2

    The court sends your partner a copy of the petition and acknowledgement of service (AOS). 20-week reflection period starts.

    Step 3

    You apply for the conditional order

    Step 4

    The court reviews your application

    Step 5

    The court grants the conditional order. This starts a 6-week cooling off period before moving onto the next step.

    Step 6

    Application for a financial order Submit your financial consent order to the court for approval.

    Step 7

    You apply for the final order

    Step 8

    The court grants the final order and you are officially divorced

    Why You Should Start Your Divorce with Divorce-Online

    Below you will find the most common reasons why people choose to use Divorce-Online to obtain a quick and hassle-free divorce.

    • Personal case manager available throughout – one-to-one contact.
    • No face-to-face meetings or time off work – everything is completed online.
    • Cheaper than solicitors – Typically over 50% cheaper.
    • Hassle-free – You’ll receive updates throughout your case.
    • Helped over 150,000 couples since pioneering online divorce in 1999.
    • Track your divorce process online anytime – Great for busy people.
    • Fully insured and reputable company – over 20 years online.
    • Saving over £1,000 on your divorce compared to most other options.
    • The cost of divorce (including court fees) can be paid in instalments.

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    Your ex would be entitled to claim against any future property you purchase, any savings, or pension funds you build up and so on.

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    Start Your Divorce Online Today – In just a few minutes

    Once you have chosen your divorce service you simply need to complete the order form or pay over the phone to start your divorce. You will then need to provide us with some basic information in an online questionnaire.

    Some of the basic information we need from you will be listed below. This information will enable us to draft your divorce documents for you.

    1. Your spouse’s full name
    2. Your place of marriage
    3. The date of separation

    For a completely stress-free divorce, why not do your divorce online? Let our divorce experts handle your case for a fraction of the cost of using solicitors – for a fixed-fee of just £249 including VAT we can process your divorce from beginning to end. 

    The divorce process is exactly the same as it would be were you to use a solicitor or do it yourself.

    The main difference between using Divorce-Online and solicitors is the cost of your divorce, why pay £1,000+ when you can pay £249?

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    We can help you obtain a divorce without any hassle and in an efficient manner for just £249. Our team of friendly divorce experts handles all aspects of your divorce and keeps you updated throughout.

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