Divorce Papers for England and Wales

Divorce Papers

The amount of divorce paperwork required as part of a divorce can be quite overwhelming.  Here is a list of the forms needed to go from divorce petition to Decree Absolute.  If you would like to know the divorce process or how to divorce, then contact us.

D8 Form – Divorce Application

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This is the initial form required to start the process.  The petitioner will complete this form and send it to court.  This form is no longer required if you are using the new Government Online system. Send 3 copies of the form to your nearest divorce centre. They will send one copy to your husband/wife.

You need to send 4 copies if you named someone your husband or wife committed adultery with.

Keep your own copy of the forms.

Form D10 – Acknowledgement of Service

This form will be sent to your husband or wife along with a copy of the D8 Form. They (the respondent) has 7 days to respond to the form to notify the court whether they are going to defend the application.  If an adulterer has been named, then they will also receive a copy of the Acknowledgement of Service.

D8B Form – Answer a Divorce Application

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This is the form required to answer a D8 form if the respondent intends to defend the application for divorce.

D11 Form – Apply to the court for an interim order within your divorce proceedings

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This is the form required to answer a D8 form if the respondent intends to defend the application for divorce.

Form D13B

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Ask the court to dispense with service in divorce or legal separation proceedings
Use this form to request the court to proceed with your divorce proceedings even though the respondent could not be served with the papers. Only use this form as a last resort and you have exhausted every possible avenue in trying to find your spouse.

Form D84 – Apply to the court for a decree nisi, conditional order or (judicial) separation decree or order

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A decree nisi or conditional order is the first of two decrees or orders you must have before you are finally divorced or your civil partnership is finally dissolved. A judicial separation decree or separation order is the only and final document issued by the court.

You can use this form to apply whether or not your partner agrees to your petition. There is no fee payable for this application.

There are one of 5 forms (D80A, D80B, D80C, D80D or D80E) to accompany the D84 Form, that describes the reasons for divorce.

Form D80 Support Statements

One of the following is required to be submitted with the Form D84. Select and complete one of the following D80 forms

Form D80-A

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Statement in support of an application for divorce on the ground of adultery.
Use this form if you intend to use your spouse’s adultery to support your application to legally end your marriage or civil partnership.

Form D80-B

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Statement in support of an application for divorce on the ground of unreasonable behaviour.
Use this form if you intend to use your spouse or civil partner’s unreasonable behaviour to support your application to separate or end your marriage or civil partnership.

Form D80-C

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Statement in support of divorce on the grounds of desertion.
Use this form if you intend to use your spouse’s desertion to support your application to legally end your marriage or civil partnership.

Form D80-D

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Statement in support of an application for divorce on the ground of two years’ separation
Use this form if you have been separated for at least 2 years and that you both consent to ending the relationship.

Form D80-E

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Statement in support of an application for a divorce on the ground of 5 years’ separation
Use this form if you been separated for at least 5 years as the ground to legally end your marriage or civil partnership.  This does not require consent of your spouse.

Form D36

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Provide information to make a decree nisi absolute, or a conditional order final
Use this form to apply for a final order to legally end your marriage or civil partnership.

Financial Order Forms

Form D81

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Provide information about both parties’ financial circumstances to support your application for a consent order
Use this form to request to help the court decide if the financial and property arrangements you’ve made with your ex-partner are fair.

Form A

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Provide information for an application for a financial order
Complete this form if you are applying for financial provision (a financial order or other financial remedy)

Form E

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Form E: Financial statement for a financial order
Complete this form in applications for a financial order (which can only be applied for as part of a divorce, dissolution, annulment or (judicial) separation in the High Court
or family courts in England and Wales) or for applications for financial relief after an overseas divorce/dissolution etc.

Divorce Papers for England and Wales was last modified: September 11th, 2018 by John Fuller
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