Service of applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders within the jurisdiction
Service of applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders within the jurisdiction

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

  • Service of applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders within the jurisdiction
  • Good practice in relation to service
  • Requirements
  • Documents to be served
  • Who serves the application
  • Where to serve the application
  • Service of documents on a solicitor in the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Service of the application where the respondent does not give an address for service—locating the respondent
  • Service through the court
  • Service through the applicant
  • More...

This Practice Note explains how to serve a divorce petition (application for a matrimonial order) or an application for a civil partnership dissolution within the jurisdiction. It covers the documents to be served and different methods of service including the rules regarding personal service. Also covered are locating the respondent, alternative service, deemed service and dispensing with service. The rules concerning service on a child and protected party are explained.

For information regarding service of documents in family proceedings other than applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders in the UK see Practice Notes:

  1. Service of documents in family proceedings other than applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders in the United Kingdom

  2. Service of documents in family proceedings outside the jurisdiction

  3. Service in financial proceedings

  4. Brexit—service of documents in family proceedings

The Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Part 6 and the related practice directions FPR 2010, PD 6A, FPR 2010, PD 6B and FPR 2010, PD 6C contain the core provisions regarding service in family proceedings, although note that specific provisions in any other Part of FPR 2010, other legislation or practice directions may overrule the general provisions, as can a direction of the court in a particular matter.

Different procedural rules apply to service of applications for a matrimonial order or a civil partnership order as opposed to other documents. There are

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