Online Divorce Forms
You can obtain a D8 divorce form from either your local county court office or online at the UK Government website.
The D8 divorce petition forms are presented in PDF format and can be completed on your computer or tablet, but cannot be saved before you print it out. You will need acrobat reader installed on your device.
Anyone can file their own divorce forms, but unless you are good with legal forms and know at least the basics of divorce law and procedure which are contained in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (as amended) and The Family Procedure Rules 2010, you may find that completing your own divorce petition is not as easy as you might think.
The fact the Government make the forms available for free does not mean that getting a divorce or completing your D8 divorce form will be easy or free.
There are not only the grounds for the divorce to be considered, but also the reasons have to be given and the petition and other documents have to comply with the rules.
If you are filing for divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour, for instance, there are specific rules as there are for adultery and separation divorces that must be followed.
These rules are precise and any deviation will mean your divorce being rejected by the court, either at the filing stage or worse when the Decree Nisi application is made.
Making a mistake on the D8 divorce form can be costly
If you make a mistake, and most self-representing litigants do, the court is entitled to charge you an amendment fee of £120 on top of the initial £550 filing fee and will order you to make amendments to the petition and re-file.
At that point, many people then have to hire a lawyer to sort out the mess.
Also, you need to know that the judge will stop at the first mistake and not pick any other mistakes up. This means you may amend the petition only to find that the petition is rejected more than once, incurring more fees and a longer divorce process.
How iDivorces can help you complete your D8 Divorce Petition
Luckily, iDivorces is at hand to prepare your D8 divorce forms for you, so that when you do file it at court yourself, it will be 100% correct, or we have to pay the amendment fees for you.
We have a range of services to suit your budget and time management needs.
To get more information on how we can complete your D8 divorce forms for you please call us on 01872 309222 today.