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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.
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 proceedings but also to cross apply for a decree against the petitioner then the answer would also contain a cross petition. If a petitioner wished to defend a cross petition contained in an answer then a reply was filed.
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