Divorcing is not an option in Skyrim, but I can guide you on how to divorce in Skyrim when you get tired of your spouse. There’s no particular way of divorcing a spouse in Skyrim, not unless you use mods. Nevertheless, you can use a few tricks to render yourself single again, but that’ll be more of disposing your spouse rather than divorcing them.
This guide works perfectly, and if you follow all the instructions correctly, you might be able to divorce your spouse. Note that it is much easier for PC players to divorce their spouses compared to XBOX and PlayStation players. Some tricks on how to divorce in Skyrim for XBOX and PlayStation players may not work. Hence, if you are playing Skyrim using an XBOX or PlayStation, you might be forever engulfed in marriage with no way out. It is always advisable to delay the act of marriage until the later stages of the game. For players who chose the wrong spouse but can’t formally get a divorce, the only option left is to seek for a new marriage partner. There are various reasons for divorce, such as:
- Getting a more suitable Skyrim wife
- Lack of Interest for your current partner
Whatever the case, divorce is not an option, and the death of a partner does not render you single either. Even after being widowed, Skyrim does not allow you to remarry. In simple words, marriage is final, and you’re not allowed to leave your spouse and remarry another. That said, here are a few tricks that can show you how to divorce in Skyrim.
Kill your Spouse
Killing your spouse is the best option if your spouse is a non-essential NPC, which means you can do away with her and still progress well in the game. This is the only choice you’ve got if you decide that you don’t want to be with your spouse anymore, and divorcing her/him is impossible. Even so, be sure to deal with the guilt of being a cold-blooded murderer. If you decide to go ahead with the plan, you have to make sure no one knows about it. This is to avoid a bounty that might be placed on your head if someone finds out. To kill your spouse, follow the simple steps:
- Make sure you’re both at the home that you share
- Sneak and become hidden
- Silently/stealthily kill your spouse
- Hide the body in the basement/somewhere where nobody will ever find it.
- This will be marked as unsolved murder, and you’ll avoid a bounty.
Also, you can take them out of town to a secluded place and kill them to break the bond. If you successfully kill your spouse without any bugs occurring, then you can go ahead and remarry after being widowed. There are some players who’ve tried this, but it failed due to bugs, all you can do is have a back up to be on the safe side before you go ahead with the process. However, for some spouses, you’ll need to complete given quests for them to become mortal. For those who successfully kill their spouse, all you need to do is go to the priest and get another Amulet of Mara. This will allow you to pursue another marriage mate of your choice.
Console Commands for PC users
Open the console using ` or \ and type in these commands:
- removefac 51596
- removefac C6472
- resetquest 74793
- resetquest 21382
- setstage 74793 10
After typing all the commands, close the console, and you’ll see your spouse walking away. This means that you’ll be officially divorced. To be able to remarry again, follow these steps.
- Unequip the Amulet of Mara and sell the Bond of Matrimony if it didn’t disappear
- Wait 24 hours in-game time and go back to the Temple of Mara with the Amulet of Mara equipped then arrange for a new marriage.
If other viable options of divorcing a spouse don’t work, then this remains to be the only option. This is in case all other options fail, you’ll be forced to look for a mod that can help you get out of marriage. This is the only option for XBOX and PlayStation players who are not able to use console commands. PC users can re-write the status of the NPC and redo the marriage quest. However, for XBOX and PlayStation players, there’s no option of divorce even if the NPC dies, and this is where mods come to their rescue.