If anybody could help please,this whole divorce has been going on for 2 years with my stbx dragging his feet to the point of me having to pay a Process server,The Process Server has now served the divorce papers to my stbx,how long does the courts give him to return signed papers,and if my stbx still doesn`t sign the papers what happens next.
Bailiffs have a lower/slower success rate. Process servers charge for the time they spend but if service is effected on the first attempt the costs can be as little as £50 + VAT. The bailiff charges £100 including VAT.
sorry charles I dont think I put it right the process server has served the papers on my stbx what im asking is if my stbx still does not sign the papers and i have to use the process servers statement as proof of service will this cost me anymore in court fees apart from the £45 for the absolute
Ah, I see. You use the affidavit of service as proof that the respondent has been served with the Petition when you apply for a Decree Nisi.
If a judge believes that you are entitled to a Decree Nisi a ''certificate of entitlement to decree nisi'' is issued and you then wait for 6 weeks and 1 day before applying for your Decree Absolute with the £45 that you mention.
There is no additional fee for following the process as described above although you will have to pay to swear your special procedure affidavit which will be £7 unless you get it sworn at court in which case it will be free.