A new Divorce Petition has been introduced in order to commence divorce proceedings. 

The BBC have published an article stating that the new form could lead to an increase in co-respondents being named in adultery petitions. 

It has always been possible to name the co-respondent in divorces. The new Divorce Petition simply seeks to explain to anyone not taking legal advice the implication of doing so. 

Practitioners often seek to dissuade clients from naming a co-respondent within the divorce as it adds unnecessary costs and delay. Judges also often take a dim view of seeking to add a third party into proceedings. 

If you require any assistance in commencing divorce proceedings, please do get in touch. 

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