Procedure following service of a petition for judicial separation
Procedure following service of a petition for judicial separation

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

  • Procedure following service of a petition for judicial separation
  • Acknowledgement of service
  • Answer

Acknowledgement of service

The respondent must file the acknowledgement of service (Form D10) within seven days beginning with the date on which the application for a matrimonial order 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),  PD 6B sets out the extended periods of time for each country.

See Practice Note:Filing the judicial separation petition and supporting documents — Acknowledgement of service.

Answer

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 required to be filed. If the respondent wished not just to defend the proceedi