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Advice on absolute hearing wanted please

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13 Oct 12 #360758 by polishpete
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Hi, I am the respondent in a nearly finished divorce. The process took nearly 3 years as, due to her mental state, I allowed my ex to be the applicant and she had to be chased for everything by my solicitor and the court. The Nisi was pronounced in April and the Consent Order for all the finances agreed in august and has been completed (house sold, equity & assets divided, Clean Break) True to form she has not applied for the Absolute so I did. After £7000 of legal bills I decided to do this myself as I was told it is basically a form filling exercise. I have now had a letter from the Court giving a date for a 10 minute absolute hearing which I believe is standard when a respondent applies. My question is what is the purpose of this hearing and do I need to attend, I now live a 4 hour drive from the court so if I don''t need to would rather not. Thanks for any help.

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13 Oct 12 #360759 by dukey
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When the respondent asks for the Absolute the judge needs to know why the Petitioner did not thus the hearing, in fact one of the forms you completed would have been D11 which leads to the hearing, nothing to worry about.

What you could do is call the court and ask if the hearing can be via a telephone conference.

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13 Oct 12 #360839 by polishpete
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Great, thanks for the reply I''ll call the court next week. However if nobody is there from her side (past experience suggests she or her solicitor won''t be there) to answer the judges question will that stop the Absolute from being issued?

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