- Distinguish from correspondent.
More particularly, since the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857, in a petition for divorce on the ground of adultery, a co-respondent is a person charged with misconduct with the petitioner's spouse. Co-respondent shoes is an expression, meaning unusually patterned or coloured men's shoes that are easily remembered, for example, when left outside the hotel room in which the adultery may be taking place.
In practice, naming such parties in a divorce petition is discouraged as it may become a barrier to reconciliation. Such parties are only commonly named if the petitioner is seeking costs against them or has some other particular reason.
- Bond, T et al. (2007). Family Law (Blackstone Legal Practice Course Guides ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-920545-0.
- Law Society (2006). Family Law Protocol (2nd rev. ed. ed.). London: The Law Society. ISBN 1-85328-984-1.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press