A Form A application with a completed form FM1 must be completed and lodged with the Court, together with copies and a Court fee of £255.00.
Once the application has been issued, the Court will serve the other side with the sealed application and a Notice of a First Appointment hearing. This hearing is usually 12 to 16 weeks after the application has been issued.
No later than 35 days before the First Appointment hearing, the parties exchange Financial Statements and supporting documents (Form E).
No later than 14 days before the First Appointment hearing, a Statement of Issues, Chronology and Questionnaire must be filed with the Court and the other side.
The First Appointment hearing – Details of what will happen at this hearing can be found on our Information Sheet “What will happen at the First Appointment hearing”.
After the First Appointment hearing the parties comply with any Directions or Orders made by the Judge at the First Appointment hearing.
The Financial Dispute Resolution hearing (FDR) – Details of what will happen at this hearing can be found on our Information Sheet “What will happen at the Financial Dispute Resolution hearing”.
If an agreement cannot be reached at the FDR hearing the case will be set down for a Final Hearing.
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