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The DIY form that could make divorce anything but easy

The new DIY petition could make a difficult situation for clients even worse, warns Paul Hunt

5 September 2017

Family lawyers among us will be aware that a new form has been introduced for divorce petitions.

The form has primarily been redesigned to make it easier for petitioners to complete it without the benefit of legal advice.

The change of paperwork is not in itself particularly exciting news, even though the reason for its redesign is somewhat depressing for the legal industry. Instead, it is certain features of the new document that are giving cause for concern.

First, there appear to be no separate notes for guidance. These have been incorporated into the form as notes down the right-hand side, which has had the effect of lengthening the paper considerably.

Details not previously required, such as the phone number and email address of the parties, are now being requested. It is not clear what use ei...

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