Hello and thanks for your question.
You will have to amend the basis of your divorce petition to behaviour.
I hope you kept a copy of the petition that you sent to court? Because you will now need to file an amended petition at court. Make a copy of your current petition.
Then on the new copy, at the top of page 1, write AMENDED PETITION dated:........
Then on page 5 where it says "statement of case" put a neat line through what you havae written so far, and put your initials by the crossing out. Then underneath but within the statement of case box you can add "amended statement of case", then add a few sentences about your husband's behaviour, which you can compose by answering to yourself these questions: what was the first thing that happened in the marriage that made you realise that there were problems in the marriage? what was the worst thing that he did in the marriage? what was the last thing he did that made you decide that the marriage was at an end and you wanted a divorce? (Don't mention that you met someone new - the divorce petition when based on the other person's behaviour must solely focus on their faults, not yours). Then at the bottom of page 8, underneath your signature on the original petition, write neatly Re-signed:..................dated:........... Then sign on the dotted line and date the petition by your signature, and put the same date on the front page at the top, where you've written AMENDED PETITION.
Then make 3 copies of your amended petition. Keep one copy for yourself, and take the top copy of the resigned petition plus 2 copies to the court office.There is a court fee to file an amended petition - you will need to check with the court office. I think it's £50.
Normally the court would then again serve the amended petition by post, but if you are certain that your husband will just ignore them or rip them up, you can save time by getting a private process server to serve the divorce papers on your husband. It will then not be necessary for your husband to sign anything as the process server will give you a statement of service for you to file at court (but make sure you keep a copy for yourself) as proof that your husband has received the papers which will satisfy the court and you can then go on to he next stage in the divorce, which is to apply for the decree nisi.
To find a process server, you can look in yell.com. I have used Stephensons Investigations a lot. They are very pleasant and helpful to deal with, and their charges area reasonable. They are based in Leeds but have contacts throughout the UK. Their tel no is 0113(###) ###-####and their website is:
I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck.
Thanks and best wishes...