Diary Of An Online Divorce

I have used www.divorce-online.co.uk @divorceonlineuk for my divorce and here follows an account and review of the process.

Sun 13 March 2011

I logged onto the site and filled in the questionnaire – it took around 10 minutes.

Mon 14 March 2011

The forms were ready for me to download, print, sign and return.

Tues 15 March 2011

I posted the completed forms.

Wed 16 March 2011

I received a message from Divorce Online to say that I had forgotten to enclose my marriage certificate.

Fri 18 March 2011

I posted my marriage certificate.

Thurs 24 March 2011

Message received: Your first set of Divorce papers have been received and checked for errors. They have been submitted to the Court where they will administer to your paperwork and issue the Divorce proceedings, usually within 7 working days.

Tues 5 April 2011

I received a message saying that the Divorce petition had been issued by the court and that my spouse should receive copies in the next few days!

Tues 26 April 2011

Message received: The Court has returned the Acknowledgment of Service form completed by your spouse to our office agreeing to the Divorce. This documents has been passed to a Case Manager to prepare the application for Decree Nisi to post out to you shortly. The Decree Nisi application consists of 1 page application form together with an affidavit which has to be signed and sworn by you personally. It   can be witnessed at either your local county court (free of charge) if you are in England and Wales or through a local high street Solicitor (nominal fee to pay charges vary).

Mon 9 May 2011

Received divorce papers to take into local court office to be ‘sworn’. No need to make an appointment, literally took me 5 mins to do!

Tues 24 May 2011 

Message received: Your complete application for Decree Nisi has been received in the post and has been sent to the Court today. This application will be placed before the Judge to review the application. Once agreed the Court will set a date for the pronouncement of the Decree Nisi (you will not need to attend this). The time between filing this application and the court informing us of the result can vary depending on how busy the court list is. We will contact you as soon as we have received a decision from the court.

Wed 8 June 2011

Message received: We have received notification from the Court that the Judge has agreed your Application for Decree Nisi and this will be pronounced on the 28 June 2011 at 10.00am – you do not need to attend this hearing as it is a rubber stamp hearing where the judge deals with many applications. If you have any property to deal with we can obtain 3 quotes for you from our panel of 120 firms. Simply call 01793 211 211 and ask for your no obligation conveyancing quote.There is no need for you to login to DivorceTrak at this time. We will notify you when we require any information from you.

Fri 8 July 2011

Message received: Your Decree Nisi certificate has arrived from the Court and will scanned and e-mailed to you. We will send the original to you at the end of your case with the final decree. We now have to wait 6 weeks and 1 day before we can file for your final decree ( Absolute). If you have not already done so we advise you to purchase a consent order to ensure that no financial claims can be made against either party once the divorce is finalised.There is no need for you to login to DivorceTrak at this time. We will notify you when we require any information from you.

Fri 29 July 2011

Message received:  Your Decree Absolute application is available to download.

Logged into the site and printed of the application. Completed and posted back with a cheque for £45 to cover court fees.

Tues 2 Aug 2011

Message received: Your forms have been received ready to submit on the 10th August 2011.

Tues 9 Aug 2011  

Message received: Your application for Decree Absolute has been submitted to the Court today. The Court can take 5 to 7 days to process this application so please be patient.There is no need for you to login to DivorceTrak at this time. We will notify you when we require any information from you.

Fri 12 Aug 2011

Message received: Your Decree Absolute Certificate has arrived in our office and will be posted out to you today. Your spouse will receive their own Decree Absolute Certificate directly from the Court. You will need to file this important Certificate somewhere safe for your own records. You are now divorced and free to re-marry!

There we go – my actual Decree Absolute is dated the 10th August, all in all it took almost exactly 5 months to go through and cost less than £500. The whole process was simple and I found it very reassuring to know that Divorce Online were in control of which forms needed to be sent where and at what time.

All the staff I encountered at Divorce Online were polite and friendly, I felt that I could ring them with questions.

If you have a straight forward divorce, with no property etc to split (or if you’ve arranged that yourselves) I would definitely recommend Divorce Online – I really can’t see the point in paying more elsewhere for the exact same thing.

Any questions feel free to ask me.