Seriously, it was fun and all, but I can't and I don't want to stay married to the same woman for the rest of my life - one real life marriage is enough..

Is there a lawyer or process of some kind in the world of Skyrim, and if not, who could help me divorce her?

If all else should fail, (sigh), do I have to take her to the backyard, thwack her head with the shovel and dig a shallow grave?

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    Well, you could take her on nice picking in mountains and FUS RO DAH her... If anyone aks, just say you were singing to her in Dragon language. S*it happens!
    – StupidOne
    Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 15:12
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    I've got a friend who accidentally killed his first wife...he hid the body in one of the rooms of his house. Whenever his next wife looks into the room, he kills her too to 'remove the witnesses'. He's on his 6th wife, I believe. Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 17:55
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    +1 For the title, @TheCommunistDuck, If we didn't know the context, that would sound a little... weird
    – user3861
    Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 18:36
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    @TheCommunistDuck: You're friends with Bluebeard?
    – Joren
    Commented Jan 17, 2012 at 18:30
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    I assume you are still talking about the game in the last paragraph, and not your real life marriage?
    – IAmGroot
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 13:32

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From UESP wiki, "Skyrim - Marriage" article:

Steps to re-marry / divorce using console commands (PC only):

  • Select spouse.
  • Enter the following console commands:
  • removefac 51596
  • player.removefac C6472
  • resetquest 74793
  • resetquest 21382
  • setstage 74793 10
  • Wait for 24 hours.
  • Then proceed to marry as normal.

From TES Wiki, "Marriage - Divorce (PC)" article:

Trying to breakup with partners is, for some reason, impossible without the console. Searching for help "breakup" 4 will bring up dialogue and quests that show reference to what must have been the original intention of breaking up with a spouse.

Option one

The relationshipbreakup quest can be used. Use the console to enter these commands:

  • completequest 0007431B
  • resetquest 0007431B
  • resetquest 00021382

(This is just formality to reset the "marriage" quest.) The above will prevent the player from having to kill his spouse, although they will comment on how much even the thought of him makes their blood boil. Untested, but possibly setrelationshiprank player 4 can fix this

Option two

  • The spouse must be killed
  • The console command Setstage RelationshipMarriage 10 must then be used
  • The console commands resurrect should next be used on the ex-spouse (and eventually the command setrelationshiprank player 4 on him/her to keep the relationship status obtained with the NPC related quests)
  • The old Amulet of Mara doesn't need to be dropped or sold.

Option three

  • The Amulet of Mara necklace must be retained, or another one must be found.
  • Any wanted items should be taken from the current spouse before starting this process.
  • The following commands must be used, after targeting the spouse:
    • removefac 51596
    • player.removefac C6472
    • resetquest 74793
    • resetquest 21382
    • setstage 74793 10
  • The old spouse will immediately exit the house and return to their regular location.
  • 24 hours must be waited.
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    Shouldn't there be an additem f -X where X is half your gold?
    – corsiKa
    Commented May 8, 2015 at 16:13

I'm afraid that it's off with her head, mate.

It's that, a console hack or a mod (not sure if one exists though).

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    It worked for Henry VIII! Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 15:20
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    A console hack...or a regular hack! Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 15:50
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    Have you done Boethiah's Calling? It requires that you sacrifice a named follower NPC. If your spouse is a follower, you can use them.
    – Karew
    Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 17:14

Rather than posting the whole wiki summary on this subject, I will just link you there with a summary.

You cannot divorce without a console command

completequest 0007431B
resetquest 0007431B
resetquest 00021382

or killing.


A bug can occur if you kill your spouse. Even if you continue to wear the Amulet of Mara, you may not be able to marry again.

  • Thanks for the heads-up, but I dislike using hacks
    – DrFish
    Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 15:19
  • Can't blame ya there, just supplying the facts :)
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Dec 14, 2011 at 15:29
  • Doesn't killing technically count as a divorce?
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Dec 25, 2011 at 16:40
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    Until death do we part. It may not be a divorce. buts it is technically the end of the marriage.
    – IAmGroot
    Commented Jan 19, 2012 at 13:35

You can divorce. If she's a follower, take her to a secluded area. If she's not, you have to do this in your own house. Become a werewolf kill her and eat her body. If there's any witnesses, kill them and eat their bodies too. The game will make you mourn for a while depending on how long you were married, but eventually you will be able to remarry provided the body is gone and you get away with the murder.

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    Now THAT is what I call "aggressive negotiations"..
    – DrFish
    Commented Mar 26, 2012 at 9:54
  • @DrFish +1 for the Star Wars reference there...
    – John Bell
    Commented May 8, 2015 at 11:52

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