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The respondent must complete and return the acknowledgement of service within seven days beginning with the date on which the petition was served. That period of time is extended if the petition is being served out of the jurisdiction. The table in the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), Practice Direction (PD) 6B sets out the extended periods of time for each country.
A party wishing to defend divorce proceedings must file an answer. It must be in the prescribed form and within the required time limit which is within 21 days beginning with the date by which the acknowledgment of service is required to be filed. The answer must be in Form D8B.
A respondent or co-respondent must file an answer
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