Top 10 Mistakes in Divorce Petitions?

Here are the top divorce mistakes:

  • If you enter your names incorrectly within the divorce petition. Also, it is important to refer to the previous name. In an example, “a formerly known as b”. If, since your marriage, you have changed your name. You must attach a copy of your change of name deed or otherwise explain the change of name.
  • If you select the incorrect boxes for domicile when explaining how the court has jurisdiction to deal with the matter.
  • The court decides if your marriage has broken down irretrievably. If you do not complete the statement of the case or provide insufficient/incorrect information – it will not be accepted. This will mean more delays and costs.
  • Did you know that you can keep your contact details confidential? You can use the Form C8 to include your contact details. Do not accidentally include your contact details within any of the other documents.
  • The details from your marriage certificate should be copied carefully, which is a top divorce mistake. This can lead to the regular return of documentation. This would cause delays and could lead to you having to amend the documents.


  • If the wrong boxes are ticked in the prayer it can have financial consequences, If the prayer is not included there can be additional costs and delays to apply for permission to make a financial claim.
  • It is fantastic to do what you can without help. However, it is important to know when you need help from a legal professional. This can save you a lot of unnecessary costs, proceedings, and disputes.
  • The divorce and separation process is difficult. However, do not let emotions get the better of you.  It is best to try and reach an agreement where possible. The more you can agree the less you will have to spend on legal fees.
  • Forgetting to pay the fee. This is currently £550.00 but you can apply for a fee remission to reduce the fee. Click here to learn more.
  • If you forget or fail to provide service details for the other party (respondent). It is important that you include at least their last known address.

Now, you have read the top divorce mistakes, click here for a divorce and separation guide to help you. Or, click here for some vlogs to help you.