Practice Direction of 10th March 2000 applying to all family cases issued in the High Court and Royal Courts of Justice whatever their length, and in the County Court before Circuit or District Judges where the time estimate is ½ day or more.
The Practice Direction dated 10th March 2000 requires a paginated and indexed bundle of documents to be provided in every case which falls within the criteria set out above. The responsibility for the preparation of the bundle falls to the party in the position of Applicant at the hearing.
Who is the Applicant?
Does only one spouse ever submit From A to apply for ancillary relief ?
The Applicant is normally the person applying for the divorce, ie the petitioner. There may be a case where the Respondent applies for a hearing (for example because the petitioner has delayed matters) in which case I believe that they become the Applicant for that hearing and follow the rules for that hearing but remain as Respondent under the divorce proceedings as a whole.
I can't see what is to stop both parties applying for Ancillary Relief. Usually it's pointless but again if one applies first and then does nothing, the other can apply later and push the issue.