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How Divorce Petitions can cost you more than you think

So, you want to get a divorce, your other half agrees, you have amicably sorted out your finances and you have no kids…

You don’t see the need for hiring a lawyer and you think an online divorce is not going to add any value to you.

Searching online, you see you can download the D8 divorce form for free from the government website and proceed to complete the divorce papers and print them off.

You type in your respective names, addresses, place of marriage, then indicate that you have been separated 2 years and file the form with a court fee attached.

You sit back and wait for something to happen

Four weeks later, your wife rings you up and says she has received the divorce petition and has filled out the form and sent it back.

Brilliant, you think, it won’t be long now and we can get this done and dusted and get on with our new lives.

Another four weeks later, you get a letter from the court, and you hesitantly open it up, believing it to be news that your simple divorce has been looked at, agreed and you are on your way to being free.

Wrong, the judge has spotted some problems with your divorce petition and won’t grant your divorce until they are fixed.

Consequences of making a mistake in the divorce petition

Apparently you did not bother to put your middle names, because you never use them.

The place you got married isn’t as simple as you thought, and the court wants to know if your wife took your surname when she married you.

Also, you appear to have lived together for a month after you said you separated.

The judge has said you have to answer their questions, file an amended petition and have it re-served.

That’s not the end of the world and all is still well… Oh, and you have to pay an amendment fee of £140 as well.

The trouble is your wife has in the meantime gone backpacking to Venezuela and has not left a forwarding address and won’t be in touch again for a few months.

All of a sudden, because of a few “little” errors on your divorce petition, you are now looking to hire someone to sort out your mess, and cannot proceed because you can’t find your wife.

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This is a simple example of what can happen if you file your own divorce papers but don’t complete the forms correctly.

More serious errors can also occur, which could affect financial rights and your ability to prevent future claims or even from making them.

How to amend a divorce petition

If the judge has told you to file an amended petition, then you don’t need permission to file one.

If you want to amend the petition for any other reason then you will need to seek permission of the court to file an amended petition, this called asking for leave.

Any amendments by way of additions in a petition need to be underlined in red and anything taken out needs to be crossed through in red.

The petition itself needs to have the words amended petition added at the top and also underlined in red.

You then need to file 3 copies of the amended petition and the amendment court fee.

How can Divorce Online help you avoid amended petitions?

Divorce-Online have been helping people with their own divorce petitions for over 15 years, and all our case handlers are trained to ensure the petition is completed correctly, and in accordance with your wishes.

The meaning and consequences of all the documents including the divorce petition, are explained in plain English, so all our customers know exactly what they are doing and why.

We would always recommend that you ensure your D8 divorce petition is completed correctly and that you understand that getting a divorce is not always as simple as you might think.

Of course you don’t have to pay the high fees asked by solicitors and with our DIY divorce services starting at just £59.00 for all your completed divorce forms, there are options for any budget.

You can start your diy divorce petition now and ensure all your forms are correct and you get the support you need.

For more information on completing your own divorce without errors or delays, call us on 01793 384 029.

This post was written by Mark Keenan. Editor of the Divorce Online Blog and Managing Director of Online Legal Service Ltd. Mark has been writing about divorce and related subjects for over 20+ years and is an expert in legal marketing.

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