Family and children

Online divorce service for legal professionals

Legal professionals can now apply online to end a marriage or civil partnership on behalf of their clients.

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The online divorce system, run by the HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), is still being developed but has already been trialled by over 100 law firms.

What the online service offers

Law firms can:

  • manage their own accounts
  • view all their divorce applications in a single place
  • monitor the stages of their applications online, without contacting HMCTS for updates

How to sign up

Register to use the service on the GOV.UK website
You must also apply to use the HMCTS Fee Account System to pay for online applications.

Once you’ve registered, it takes around three working days for your request to be approved. You’ll then be able to manage your accounts and start online divorce applications.

Representing a respondent

If you’re representing a respondent on a case that’s been filed online, you’ll need to register with the Divorce Service team by emailing:

It usually takes a week to register for this process.

After the necessary checks, you’ll receive an email with a link to set up a password and complete the acknowledgement on the respondent’s behalf.

Financial remedy

A pilot is taking place for both consented and contested financial remedy applications being made and progressed online. 

The consent pilot will be rolled out nationally soon.

Next steps

HMCTS will continue to add new features to the online service, including the ability to make an application to bailiffs and for deemed and dispensed with services. 

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