Divorce Where Spouse Will Not Respond (Deemed Service)
A full lawyer managed divorce service for people who wish to proceed with a divorce but whose spouse will not co-operate and is unwillling to sign and return the papers.
This particular divorce service has been designed for people who want to get divorced, but who are fairly certain that their spouse will NOT agree to the divorce. In this situation you can still get a divorce if the reason given for the divorce is either "Unreasonable Behaviour" or "5 Years Separation". (You will probably not be able to get a divorce on grounds of "adultery" or "2 year separation" as they require your spouse's consent).
Option 1 : Submit petition, serve papers, apply for deemed service (for people who haven't started the divorce process)
Option 2 : Serve papers using process server, do deemed service
(if divorce has started but now spouse won't respond)
Who is this service suitable for?
If think that your spouse will agree to the divorce then you can use our uncontested divorce service.
If you are unsure whether or not your spouse will sign the divorce papers, then we suggest that you start with the uncontested divorce service. If they acknowledge receipt and sign the papers you will have nothing further to pay, and if they don't then you can always come back to this page and order Option 2 (above) to push the divorce through.
To qualify to apply for divorce in England or Wales you must either:
- Currently live in England or Wales ( and be of any nationality), OR
- Live overseas but have a strong link to England or Wales (e.g. born in UK, have UK passport)
You must have been married for 12 months before you can start a divorce. It does not matter which country you got married in.
If you, your spouse or your children are not UK nationals then please call our helpline for further advice.