Hi everyone, I"ve got through a divorce petition stating my unreasonable behaviour . I'd like to disagree with the statement but not defend the case as i have no money to open my own petition. There is a question asking if I agree with the statement, and if not on what grounds. But the box to answer the question is tiny! It doesn't say anywhere that i can continue on an additional sheet (I only want to add one paragraph). Where do i put my answer please?!
Write see attached in the box and staple your reply to it making sure you put the Petitioner and Respondent details and case number.
However I believe and I am sure a family lawyer will be along to confirm this soon that if you say you don't agree with the statement it becomes a "defended divorce" that will be come expensive quite quickly.
Sometimes people are advised to put things in their "unreasonable behaviour" statements that sound harsh and you may have a different version/slant on matters eg. she is untidy, he is obsessively clean and tidy; she shows no affection, he is too pushy and forces affection on me.
What do you want to achieve? If it is a quick divorce then it may be simpler just to sign that you agree.
Thanks for the advice. I've been thinking about what i want to achieve. I think that it's just the having my say aspect. I've been patient for years and tried when he didn't. He had an affair and was really horrible. Yet I'm the one being blamed for unreasonable behaviour. I guess I just hoped this would be a way of saying fine i won't defend but not totally rolling over on this one occasion
Weasley the best advice I have seen is that no one apart from the court ever sees those examples of unreasonable behaviour. If your desired end result is to be divorced then you may do better to bite your tongue and let it go through. The best revenge is to make a good and happy life without your Ex.
Lonecat that is good advice. One of my concerns was that my children would come across the certificates or papers at a later date and think that it was all mummys fault! Ok, one more thing to rise above thanks everyone
I thought that on the acknowledgement of service sheet you can say that you disagree with the reasons but are not going to defend the divorce. Am going through the same at the moment, except I am the petitioner in our case.