I am in the process of filling in the petition and statement for children.
I have 3 questions (so far ...)
1, On the Wikivorce step by step divorce guide it states that:
The process is commenced by the filing at court of,
the petition for divorce
the statement of arrangements for the children (a formal questionnaire)
the original marriage certificate* a certificate as to whether or not the parties have attempted reconciliation
a cheque for the court fee which is £300
What is the certificate of attempted reconciliation ?
2, The statement of arrangements seems to be slanted towards it being filed by the PWC.
Although I am filling it in, the child lives with my stbx and so questions like \"Does your spouse pay towards upkeep? Do the children see your spouse? Do the children ever stay with your spouse ?\" seem strange to answer.
Should I fill this in as though it is from the perspective of my stbx and I am the \"spouse\" in question ?
3, The Statement of arrangements states:
You should take or send the completed form, signed by you (and, if agreement is reached, by your
spouse/civil partner) together with a copy to the court when you issue your petition.
However the notes on filing the petition state:
The court will send the respondent a copy of form D8A with your petition. He or she will be asked to fill in form D10 (acknowledgment of service) to say whether or not they agree with what you have proposed.
So if agreement is reached between us, but I cannot bring myself to deal with my stbx and get them to sign it today would the second option add any more time to the proceedings ?
Sorry, I have another small question ...
On the Statement of arrangements it asks for the \"No. of matter (always quote this) - How can I know this yet ?
1. As you are self repping you do not need a cert of reconcilliation - that is a lawyer thing;
2. You fill it in from your point of view i.e I pay X per month; I see the child at such and such times;
3. You just send 3 copies of the petition and 3 copies of the SOA to court - she will be asked to sing the SOA and send it back with her acknowledgment.
As for the No of the matter, this is written in by the court when they assign the case number on issuing the case - thereafter you have to put that on everything you send to court as it is the identifier.