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Where it is necessary in some way to amend a petition (application for a matrimonial order or a civil partnership order), there are distinctions to be drawn between an amended petition, a supplemental petition and a further petition.
An amended petition might be used to add or amend particulars, allegations or acts which occurred before the date of the petition, or to make alterations and additions not connected with the allegations (including eg, substituting a prayer for divorce instead of judicial separation or stating the birth of a child after the date of the petition).
See: Amending petitions and answers.
A supplemental petition might be used to add particulars, allegations or acts which occurred after the date of the original petition. A supplemental petition forms part of the original petition and effects an amendment to it.
See: Supplemental petitions.
Where there is already on file a petition by the same petitioner which has not been dismissed or finally determined that petitioner cannot file a further (or second) petition without first obtaining permission from the court, except that no permission is required where the purpose of the further petition is to seek a divorce, or dissolution, following the expiration of one year from the
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