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Where a wife is living in a refuge and her whereabouts are unknown to the husband, can the husband’s solicitors make enquiries about her address for the purpose of service on her, if the husband has agreed that the address will not be disclosed to him?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 22/06/2017

The following Family Q&A produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Where a wife is living in a refuge and her whereabouts are unknown to the husband, can the husband’s solicitors make enquiries about her address for the purpose of service on her, if the husband has agreed that the address will not be disclosed to him?

Where a wife is living in a refuge and her whereabouts are unknown to the husband, can the husband’s solicitors make enquiries about her address for the purpose of service on her, if the husband has agreed that the address will not be disclosed to him?

It is not infrequently the case that a party in family proceedings wishes to keep their address confidential. This will often arise where there has been domestic violence and one party has left the family home. Sometimes that party will stay with family or friends, but if they have nowhere else to go, they may take up a place in a refuge.

The Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955 (FPR 2010) deal with this situation in FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, Pt 29. FPR 2010, SI 2010/2955, 29.1(1) provides that a party is not required to reveal, among other things, their home address or other contact details, unless the court

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