Common reasons for returned applications

4 out of 10 divorce petitions contain errors and are returned by courts.

Fewer people use lawyers for family law cases

The MoJ report states that in general, cases where both parties or just the respondent had legal representation, took longer than cases where both parties or just the applicant had no legal adviser.

Top 10 reasons for divorce papers being returned:

  1. No fee enclosed
  2. Part 2 — Details of marriage incorrect
    – Names do not match marriage certificate
    – Place of marriage
    – Date of marriage
  3. Part 3 —Jurisdiction page incomplete and incorrect
  4. Part 4 – Other proceedings or arrangements incomplete
  5. Part 5 — The facts
    – Grounds at part 5 do not match statement of case at part 6
    – Two grounds selected
  6. Part 6 —Statement of case, insufficient detail or incomplete
  7. No marriage certificate received
    – No original certificate enclosed
    – No translation of certificate
    – Only photocopy of certificate enclosed
  8. No certificate of reconciliation received from solicitor
  9. No fee remission contribution received
  10. Part 9 – Service details
    – Not complete
    – No address for service for all parties

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