Filing your own divorce papers can be dangerous

By March 11, 2015

A guide to the pitfalls of doing your own divorce

Is filing your own divorce papers worth it?

Of course anyone can file their own divorce papers in the UK and indeed 25% of all divorces are now filed without a lawyer and proceed to file their own divorce papers.

However, ask any court manager what the proportion of divorce papers filed are 100% correct, then you will see that sometimes it does not pay to do things entirely on your own!

Indeed 40% of all divorce petitions filed by solicitors were found to be defective in a recent study, so what chance do you have, if the lawyers cannot even get it right?

The common mistakes made by people on divorce petitions are:-

  1. Capitalising everything.

  2. Getting names wrong ( yes, really people can’t spell their own names).

  3. Spelling mistakes.

  4. Incorrect place of marriage.

  5. Insufficient particulars.

  6. Incorrectly completed details of children and dates of birth.

This not only creates massive delays in any divorce case but can also cost financially, as the court office will only make perfunctory checks when the papers first arrive at court.

If the divorce papers then get to the decree nisi stage, before a judge, this is where people can also be hit financially.

If a judge spots a mistake such as listed above, they will stop the process at the mistake and refuse the divorce, without even looking for any further errors.

In many cases the judge will ask for the divorce papers to be amended in a certain way and there will be a court fee to pay for the amendment.

The problem is then, that if there were any other mistakes in the petition, the judge will ask for the petition to be amended again, incurring more fees and more delays.

You do not have to hire a solicitor to prepare your divorce papers, there are online services that will do it for you, but not all companies will check your petition before it goes out to you.


Quickedivorce have been preparing divorce petitions since 2003 and all divorce petitions are checked before they are sent to ensure mistakes are not made.

With our DIY divorce service we guarantee that your divorce papers are correct and error free when we send them to you.

Using our DIY Divorce Service is the quickest, easiest and most cost effective way to file your own divorce papers with the security of knowing that there are no errors or potential additional costs coming your way.

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