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Can I get a divorce online in Northern Ireland?

Unlike England, Wales and Scotland, online divorce is not available in Northern Ireland. 

Beware of any companies advertising online divorces – find out exactly what you are getting before paying over any money. 


This guide outlines general topics you should be thinking about if you want to get a divorce in Northern Ireland. But it is not legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should contact a specialist divorce solicitor for advice on your specific circumstances.

Can I get an online divorce in Northern Ireland?

If you are researching information on the internet about getting a divorce in Northern Ireland, you’ll come across companies claiming that they can provide cheap, quick divorces which are all handled online.

This can be tempting for people who just want a divorce that is quick, hassle-free, and which you don't have to attend court for.

But there is a problem: many of these companies serve customers from mainland UK, and the process of getting a divorce in England, Scotland or Wales is different to Northern Ireland.

The court systems are different.

In Northern Ireland, there is no government portal or website where you can complete your divorce online.

In addition to this, a person who is applying for a divorce in Northern Ireland still has to make an appearance at court (this is known as a Decree Nisi hearing, which we’ll talk about in later sections).

Also, you should beware of companies advertising divorces for very cheap fees (e.g. £49).

Often, all you get for this fee are the forms that you have to fill in (you can find the Northern Ireland divorce forms for free here).

You’ll get no legal advice specific to your situation, and you will still have the pay the divorce court fees that everyone has to pay.

So if you are tempted by low-price divorce offers online, just be sure to research them thoroughly – and find out exactly what you are getting for your money before committing to anything.

The above article is part of our guide on how to get a divorce in Northern Ireland.

If you are thinking about getting a divorce, you should get in touch with a Northern Ireland specialist divorce solicitor who will be able to provide advice tailored to your own personal circumstances.

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to get in touch.

All the best,

The Team @ Lightlaw
Every effort is made to keep this guide up to date. Although it is not to be regarded as legal advice, we strive to make sure the information is helpful, accurate and practical. If you are a Northern Ireland divorce solicitor and have spotted an inaccuracy, you can submit a suggested change.
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