HMCTS to mandate use of online divorce service from 13 September

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From 13th September 2021 HMCTS will be mandating the digital divorce process which means that legal representatives will need to process their divorce applications using the digital online service rather than using the paper D8 form. The exceptions to this are below which should continue to be processed via the paper route:

  • Civil Partnership
  • Judicial Separation
  • Nullity

HMCTS strongly encourage you to sign up to MyHMCTS in good time for September by following these steps:

  • Check that your firm is not already signed up to MyHMCTS (your family department may already be signed up or firms with probate departments may already have accounts). If your firm is using MyHMCTS request username and password from your administrator.
  • If your firm has not signed up register for the service. Your firm needs to nominate an administrator to set the organisation up and manage the account.
  • To register, organisations must have an active fee account (also known as Payment by Account, or PBA). Registering for an account is easy and accounts are usually confirmed within three working days. If you have any questions about setting up an account, please email:
  • Once an account has been created, the administrator will be able to manage the account, add additional users and manage permissions.

Help and support

Guidance on applying for a divorce on MyHMCTS is available online. For further support please contact

Please find below some guidance that the MyHMCTS team have produced to assist professional users when using the service. 

Download PDF here.