Q&A: How can I get a copy of my Decree Absolute?

Q. I got divorced 15 years ago and now want to get remarried, however I have lost my Decree Absolute. How can I get hold of a copy of this document?

 A.  You will need to write to the Court which dealt with the Divorce. If you know the case number to your case then quote this on your letter and ensure that you attach a cheque for the Court fee which is £5.00. The Court will then send to you a copy of the Decree Absolute. If you do not know your case number then you will need to attach a cheque for the Court fee which is £40.00. The Court will have to check through its records, locate a copy of the document and will then send this to you.

In the event that you do not know which Court dealt with your Divorce then you will have to write to the Principal Registry of the Family Division to search for the Decree Absolute. You should again make your request in writing and attach the Court fee which is £60.00.

Katherine Brown, Chartered Legal Executive

This article was previously published in the Stamford Mercury.