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Timescales (aka. Am I too impatient?!!)

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01 Sep 12 #353169 by SilverFir
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I completed & sent the D10 for STBX''s cross-petition four weeks ago.

At the same time (figuring that the divorce was definitely going ahead, whether on my own Petition or his cross-petition) I sent off Form A to start the financial proceedings.

I know that they''ve cashed the cheque that accompanied Form A, but I''ve heard absolutely nothing on either the divorce or the financial side in those four weeks.

Is that normal? Am I too impatient? What are the standard timescales?

(Yes, I could call the court to ask - why do such thoughts only occur to me on the weekend!!!)

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01 Sep 12 #353174 by dukey
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If you cross petitioned it will delay form A, how much is a how long is a piece of string question.

The first job is to decide which Petition will be used, then process form A.
I doubt you`ll have much longer to wait, but yes call the court Monday.

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01 Sep 12 #353175 by SilverFir
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Thanks Dukey. For the record, I didn''t cross-petition, STBX did (out of pride/pique) , but I have no objection to his x-pet.

I didn''t know whether 4 weeks was normal or not, sounds like it probably is.

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01 Sep 12 #353176 by QPRanger
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From experience I would actually visit the court on Monday (check what their opening times are first though!).

These guys are incredibly busy and I have found you get much straighter answers face to face rather than on the phone.

It took over a month to get a response to the D11 form I submitted.

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01 Sep 12 #353177 by dukey
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It matters not who cross petitions just that it has happened.

There is a huge variation of processing times with different courts, some are way more busy than others, my local county court, maybe 10 days for form A, some courts maybe a month or even more.

The problem here is not the time to process form A, its when they can begin, they need a live Petition first, right now they have two which can get silly to say the least.

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