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Directions Hearing - Defended Divorce

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29 Jun 12 #339822 by sarahbs
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I petitioned divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.

my husband has said on the acknoldgement of service that he intended to defend the divorce.

this morning i recieved a notice of a Directions hearing to be heard in a couple of weeks.

i have not got a solicitor although have contacted a local firm who said even though i am eligible for legal aid i wouldnt be able to represented at court under legal aid so i would have to pay them.

i simply cant afford the fees. so i am going to represnet myself

can anyone tell me what i do now and what will happen at the hearing?

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29 Jun 12 #339844 by cookie2
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I would write to your ex, explaining exactly what defending a divorce means. He is not saying "it''s her fault not mine".. he is saying "the marriage has not broken down"!

I would tell him that if he does not withdraw his intention to defend the divorce, you will be making a costs claim, and he will have to pay your solicitors fees.

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