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.