4 Tips for Filling Out a Divorce Petition

When it comes to filing for a divorce, you may become confused about how, where and when your divorce application will be used. However, it’s important to ensure that you’re in-the-know before sending your forms as the information you enter will be used when deciding certain things after the separation, such as clean break orders.

In this guide, we’ve shared exactly what divorce paperwork you need to send, along with four tips for ensuring that it’s ready to go:

What does a divorce petition include?

Understanding the different components of divorce forms is one of the major things that spouses struggle with when filing for divorce. Failing to include the right details could lead to a Judge turning away your case, which may prolong the time it takes to become legally separated.

As a general rule, all divorce paperwork should include:

Three copies of your petition

When sending your petition off to the Court, always make sure that there are three copies included in your application. This is because the first copy will be kept by the Court, the second will be sent back to yourself and the third will be sent to your ex-spouse for their records.

A cheque

At present, the fee for getting a divorce in the UK is £550. A cheque for this amount must be included in your divorce application. Remember that if you’re unable to pay for a divorce, you may be eligible to get help with Court fees.

Your original marriage certificate

Your divorce petition must also contain your original marriage certificate – not a copy. If this has been misplaced, you can get another certificate from your registry office.

Listing your grounds for divorce

In order to get a divorce in the UK, your application form must include the reasoning behind your divorce decision. This is included in section 6.1.

There are currently five reasons which are accepted as ‘grounds for divorce’:

  1. Adultery
  2. Unreasonable behaviour, including domestic abuse in marriage
  3. Desertion
  4. Living apart for 2+ years, with agreement from both parties
  5. Living apart for 5+ years, with agreement from only one spouse

Pay attention to detail

The simplest (and smallest!) of mistakes can go unnoticed when filling-in your divorce petition, but it can cause problems when it comes to filing your case. Delays can be caused and as a result, friction between ex-spouses may occur.

To prevent this, always ensure that your details are correct before sending the divorce documents. Double-check that names and addresses are spelt correctly, and run-through the application to see if you’ve accidentally missed any checkboxes.

“Orders sought”

In section 10.1 of your divorce application form, it may be worthwhile to tick ‘yes’ in the Orders Sought box. This simply means that you have the option to apply to a Court for financial settlements or remedies, in the future.

Here at 1Solicitors, we understand that divorce paperwork can be confusing. The details you send may be used against you in future, so ensuring that all information is correct is crucial.

If you require help with your divorce forms or would like to discuss your options with a professional divorce lawyer, contact us today on 0330 053 7117.

We have a team of family lawyers in York, Manchester, London, Oldham and Harrogate, so we’re never too far away!

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