I am a respondent in a divorce, acting as an LIP. Just been through an FDR. The applicant has had a solicitor throughout. The case is in the process of being listed for FH.
I''ve just been notified by his solicitor that my stbx has asked them to come off the case:
''Please be advised that we have been requested by XXXX to cease acting for him and to come off the Court record.
The appropriate Notice of Acting will be filed by XXXX with the Court.''
- know what procedures are involved?
- know how long it takes for the court to give permission for the old solicitor to come off the case and allow the new solicitor to take over?
- whether this will affect the listing of the FH?
- whether in the meantime (in the gap between him leaving his old solicitors and instructing new ones) he is obligated to act as an LIP?
If he is now representing himself then your solicitor will need to communicate with him directly - and if you are also a litigant in person, then you would need to communicate directly with each other when required.
If he stops communicating altogether (and he is without legal representation), there isn''t really anything specific you can do, other than keep all communication in writing and make sure that you are keeping up to date with all documents and court Directions.
It may be an idea to try to ascertain from him if he is not a litigant in person and if not, to provide you with the details of new solicitor.