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08 Aug 12 #348244 by DGD
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Having received advice on the wording of the grounds for divorce on this generous site, I am filling out the forms to Petition for divorce. I have a few questions I hope someone will have answers to.

1. I have ticked the box ''I am not represented by a solicitor in these proceedings''.
I might see a solicitor later on though. Would this be ok? Will I have to inform the court if I seek advice from a solicitor later on in the proceedings?

2.I have ticked all the boxes in the prayer for the financial orders as I read this is the usual practice. Do I have to include Form A in my petition?

3. Both the Petitioner and the Respondent still live at the same address. Can this be a problem? (I have read of the case where the Petition was returned to the Petitioner for an amendment).

4.On the D8A, what is the usual wording for the contact arrangements between the child and the non-resident parent?
I mean the situation where the non-resident parent does not take much interest in his child and is lot likely to have much, if any, contact with her. Can I just write: ''The Petitioner has no objection to any type of contact between the non-resident parent and the child'' or ''The non-resident parent can have unrestricted contact with the child''.

Any advice will be much appreciated.

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08 Aug 12 #348249 by dukey
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1 no problem, yes you can do that.

2 yes tick all but maintenance pending suit, don''t send form A unless you intend to begin court proceedings for the money side.

3 it can but it''s more probable when the time comes for the Absolute.

4 There is no usual wording, something like arrangements will be made by mutual consent at times most beneficial for the children and both parents is fine.

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08 Aug 12 #348255 by DGD
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dukey, thank you. Your answer is very helpful indeed.

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09 Aug 12 #348326 by DGD
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Actually, I do want to apply for maintenance pending suit. So I have also ticked this box.

I was going to submit the Petition to the court tomorrow, but I have just realised that a tick on D8 is not enough.

How do I go about applying for MPS?
I understand I need D11, a draft order and a short sworn statement explaining why the order is necessary and giving the necessary information about my means.

I am not sure I can master this without help from a solicitor.
Does anyone know if there is any advice on a draft order and/or sworn statement in the library?
Thank you!

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09 Aug 12 #348452 by DGD
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I have taken them both (Form A and D11) together with D8 and D8A to the court today.
But I was told there I can not submit financial forms at the same time as D8! :blink:(as, according to the court lady, I can not submit financial forms without a case number, which, as far as I know, is not true.).
Anyway, she was so difficult to talk to, that I have just left the copies of D8 and D8A and paid £340.

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09 Aug 12 #348455 by dukey
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Dont ya just love courts :)go to three get three answers none the same.

Court can process them at the same time they simply a lot the same case number to both applications, rocket science? i think not.

Any way if that is how they want to do it best leave it alone, arguing will get you no where at all, that is true of all courts :(

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09 Aug 12 #348471 by DGD
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Thank you, dukey.
Yes, I will just wait for that case number :)

Just to double check though - it is just Form A and D11 to apply for MPS?
Or do I need to submit a draft order and a sworn statement as well?

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