Reducing the Mistakes in Divorce

Anita Crewdson, Solicitor in Astle Paterson’s Divorce and Family Department discusses the top reasons for incorrect Divorce Petitions being returned by the Courts.

Anita explained, “The reasons for Divorce Petitions being returned by the Courts as incorrect were revealed in the recent Law Society Gazette, in an Article written by Tony Roe a Solicitor and member of the Law Society’s Family Section and Small Firms Division Committees.

It appears that 40% of Divorce Petitions are being returned by the Courts for containing errors – the top reasons were, there was no fee enclosed, the details of the marriage were incorrect, the Jurisdiction page was incomplete, the part dealing with other proceedings or arrangements was incomplete, the fact specifying why the person wanted a divorce did not match the particulars, the reasons for divorce were insufficient, the original Marriage Certificate was not enclosed, no Certificate of Reconciliation was enclosed, no fee remission certificate was enclosed or the service details were incomplete.”

Anita continued, “Whilst a Divorce Petition may seem like a straightforward document, as the information reveals, it is easy to make a mistake and knowledge of the Court’s expectations is crucial to ensure your divorce proceeds smoothly.   It is always wise to seek the advice of a specialist Divorce and Family Solicitor in order to ensure that the Petition is correct the first time.”

At Astle Paterson we have a number of experienced specialist divorce solicitors who have the knowledge and know-how to assist you – further, we offer a fixed-fee initial interview to guide you through the process.

Should you wish to discuss matters further with Anita, then please contact her on either 01283 743966 or by way of email at

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