How does the online divorce process work?

Ellie Green
Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Monday, November 27, 2023 - 21:00

Making the decision to file for divorce is incredibly tough. It’s the last thing people think about during a once-happy marriage. However, perhaps your relationship has started to break down over the years and the best thing for the both of you is to end the marriage.

We understand that you may be feeling overwhelmed and are wondering what your options are. In this article, we’ll be discussing where to begin with the online divorce process.

Starting the divorce process online

Most people aren’t aware that you can start your divorce online. But, if you are considering filing for an online divorce, you should seek the advice of a family law solicitor who can guide you through every step of the process.

To begin, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • You have been married for over 12 months
  • Your relationship has permanently broken down
  • Your marriage is legal in the UK

There are also various details you’ll need to start the online divorce process, which includes:

  • Full names and addresses of both you and your husband/wife
  • Original marriage certificate or a certified copy
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)

Your divorce form will be sent to your ex-partner via post, or online if you’ve provided their email address to the courts.

How is an online divorce similar to a paper divorce?

An online divorce is the same as a traditional divorce done with a solicitor or a DIY divorce. It’s completely safe and legal to do in the UK, with all documents and divorce papers being legally binding.  

The online divorce service comes to the same conclusion as any other divorce process – it results in the end of a marriage, which needs to be approved by a judge in a court of law.

However, any other arrangements that involve financial ties, including child arrangements, property, and the distribution of assets will be handled separately from your online divorce application.

The benefits of applying for a divorce online

Starting your divorce online is both straightforward and convenient. It’s recognised as a fast and simple way to get divorced in England and Wales and allows for your request to pass through the court as soon as possible. And, it’s also a safer alternative to a paper divorce as it reduces the risk of human error.

If you find that you’re struggling to navigate the online divorce process, or you need help to understand confusing legal jargon, you can always contact your family solicitor who will be able to point you in the right direction. That way, you’ll be able to complete the form as accurately as possible.


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