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What To Do If You Receive A Petition.

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Hopefully, you are at least expecting the petition, and have seen a draft version of it. Being able to agree the wording of the petition beofre it is submitted, is usually helpful to prevent contested hearings and helps smooth the way through the process.

Within 8 days (including the day of receipt) of receiving the petition, you must send to the court the Form D10 (acknowledgement of service), you received with the petition.

You must state on the form if you intend to defend the petition, and whether any claims for costs are disputed.

If you fail to return the Form D10 (acknowledgement of service) to the court, then 8 days after the petition was sent, the petitioner may request for bailiff service using Form D89.

Philip Kedge is a retired police Chief Inspector and the founder and director of the McKenzie Friend UK Network. His aim is to take family law out of the hands of solicitors with an ethical business to reduce conflict and acrimony, to provide a cost effective McKenzie Friend national service and to reduce the emotional harm to children.