Procedure following service
Procedure following service

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Procedure following service
  • Acknowledgment of service
  • Answer

Acknowledgment of service

The notice of proceedings requires that the acknowledgement of service (Form D10) must be returned to the court so as to reach the court within seven working days after receipt of the notice. That period of time is extended if the petition is being served out of the jurisdiction. The table in Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955 (FPR 2010), Practice Direction (PD) 6B sets out the extended periods of time for each country.


Under the previous rules, if a party wished to defend the proceedings then an answer was required to be filed within 21 days, beginning with the date by which the respondent's acknowledgement of service was require