Service of applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders within the jurisdiction in proceedings issued on or after 6 April 2022 (post-DDSA 2020)
Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder

The following Family practice note produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Service of applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders within the jurisdiction in proceedings issued on or after 6 April 2022 (post-DDSA 2020)
  • Time for serving an application by the applicant
  • Requirements
  • Documents to be served
  • Who serves the application
  • Where to serve the application
  • 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
  • Methods of service
  • More...

Service of applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders within the jurisdiction in proceedings issued on or after 6 April 2022 (post-DDSA 2020)

This Practice Note explains how to serve an application for a matrimonial or civil partnership order within the jurisdiction, where the proceedings are issued on or after 6 April 2022. For information regarding service of such proceedings issued prior to 6 April 2022, see Practice Note: Service of applications for matrimonial and civil partnership orders within the jurisdiction (pre-DDSA 2020).

It covers the documents to be served and different methods of service including the rules regarding personal service and service by email and time limits on 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 issued on or after 6 April 2022 outside the jurisdiction (post-DDSA 2020)

  3. Service in financial 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,

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