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These notes are to help filling out form D8.
This form is to apply to the court for a divorce or a civil dissolution. You should complete this petition if you wish to make an application to the court to dissolve a marriage or civil partnership or if you wish to obtain a (judicial) separation from your spouse or civil partner. You can only apply for a divorce / dissolution if you have been in your marriage or civil partnership for at least one year.
The Form A is used to apply to court for a financial settlement relating to divorce.
It is used in two main situations:
1) Agreement Reached - Where a couple have agreed a financial settlement then Form A is sent to court along with a Consent Order and a D81 Statement of Information to request that the court to review and approve the Consent Order.
2) Unable to Agree - Where a couple are unable to agree on a settlement then either party may decide to take the matter to court. They do this by submitting Form A which will lead to the court holding a series of live court hearings to decide the case.
This form is used to provide financial disclosure which is used as a basis for the negotiation of a financial settlement. You may be asked to complete this form by the court (if you are a litigant in person), by your solicitor or by a mediator.
Form G - Notice of Response to First Appointment. You use Form G to tell the court if you think you will be ready, or not ready to negotiate a settlement at the first appointment, you need to give your reasons why. You need to complete and return it to the court and a copy to the other side at least 14 days before the date of your first appointment.
If you are doing a DIY divorce then the easiest way to submit your divorce application is online at the government website.
If you prefer to submit a paper application using the D8 form then you should send it to the nearest Divorce Centre. These are listed below.
Application notice (For use in applications made within appeals to the Family Division of the High Court)
Guidance notes on completing the FP162 - Respondent’s notice
Respondent's Notice (Appeals to the Family Division of the High Court)
Form FP161 is only to be used for appeals to the Family Division of the High Court ('the High Court'). Appeals from decisions or orders of the following judges will be heard in the High Court.