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An online divorce offers a convenient and cost-effective way to go through the divorce process. Getting divorced involves completing several documents and forms which can be done quickly and easily online. At MyLawyer we have created an online divorce process that is simple to use and will guide you through the legal documents and forms required.
The first step of an online divorce is to complete a 'divorce petition', known as a 'Divorce/judicial separation petition (Form D8)'. However, you will need to have been married for at least a year before you can start your divorce. Also, if you have children under the age of 16 (or under 18 and in full-time education or vocational training), you will need to submit a 'Statement for arrangements for children (Form D8A)' with your divorce petition. Like all our divorce documents and forms, these can be drafted simply by completing an online questionnaire.
After completing these forms they should be sent to the court in your area that deals with divorces. The court will give the forms a case number and send a copy to your spouse. If your spouse indicates that he/she does not intend defending (arguing about) the petition for divorce, you can proceed with the next step of your online divorce. This will be to apply for a 'decree nisi'.
A decree nisi requires the completion of an 'Application for a decree nisi (Form D84)', together with an 'Statement in support of divorce'. There are five different statements in support of divorce and you will need to complete the one relating to the reason for your divorce. The statements are as follows:
Once the court receives these forms, it will review them and, if satisfied that there are justifiable grounds for divorce, issue a decree nisi. Once you have a decree nisi you will be able to take the final step which is to obtain a 'decree absolute'.
To apply for a decree absolute, you have to fill in a 'Notice of application for decree nisi to be made absolute (Form D36)' and send it to the court six weeks after the date that your decree nisi was pronounced.