Application for Deemed Service


If your spouse fails to acknowledge the divorce petition, and you know they’ve received it we can ask the court to deem service. This allows us to continue on with the divorce without your spouse’s acknowledgement.

If the divorce petition has been served on the respondent by post and you are satisfied that they have received the petition, we can ask the court to ‘deem service’. This will enable us to apply for decree nisi, despite your spouse failing to return the acknowledgment of service.

In support of an application for deemed service, you may rely on evidence such as a text message or email from the respondent confirming that they have received the petition. You should provide as much evidence as possible to support your application.

The court fee for filing for deemed service is currently £53.00. You may be exempt from paying court fees if you are on a low-income or receive certain benefits.

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