We have recently been told our FDR hearing will be in April. However was instructed to send in Narrative Statement, plus any debts that were made in the marriage. And provide proof of payments made and by whom since the split. I have complied however the ex has not, with no offer of explanation. I have also discovered that his emigrating to Italy, I dont have a date but i believe it’s imminent. What effect will this have on our FDR hearing? And is it worth me notifying the court? We are both litigant in person.
Any advice is much appreciated.
I am not fully sure, but I would suggest that you keep the process rolling forwards even in his absence, if he doesn't turn up to put his case then I would assume the judge will advise soon what is happening or can be done next and how. Don't let him stall the process by disappearing, I am sure the courts have dealt with it before and will be able to deal with it. I cannot see that being deliberately absent is likely to better his outcome.
Ok thank you. Yes I've just discovered he has gone.
My main concern is Ive been told I'm to lead the bundles (not sure how to do this) so plan on seeking legal advice for this matter. I'm wondering if he will even bother to provide me with his evidence and what action the court will do if he ignores the process he is meant to take.
Sadly I would be wary of pinning too much hope on his lies. Having just been through a process where the ex refused to disclose, then blatantly and consistently lied under oath in a hearing when giving evidence, the court appears loath to do anything about it. I find the court's attitude in this regard pathetic. How on earth can a fair decision be reached if truth is not part of the equation. I think my dog could have made a better fist of judging than the incompetent, innumerate dotard that we had. Sorry for the cyncisim. You are right to feel aggrieved but do not expect too much to come of it.