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.
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A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "It has always been possible for a petitioner to name the person they believe their spouse has committed adultery with on divorce application forms. "As set out in the previous form, and more clearly in the new form, there is obviously no obligation to do so. This is a relevant part of divorce proceedings."