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Notice of First Appointment

The Notice of First Appointment provides clear directions to both parties as to the actions that they need to take before the first hearing.

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The below is a fictional and abridged example of a Notice of a First Appointment.

Notice of a First Appointment  
In the
Family Court at SANDFORD
Case Number - SA12345678
Applicant - Abigail Groves
Respondent - Matthew Groves
Take Notice That
By 4.00pm on 18th July 2019 you must send to the court and exchange with the other party, (or their legal representative), a financial statement using Form E which gives full details of your property, liabilities, pensions and income.

By 4 pm on the 15th September 2019, you must send to the court and the other party, (or their legal representative):

a concise statement of the apparent issues between yourself and the other party. (FPR Rule 9.14 (5)(a)

a chronology (FPR Rule 9.14 (5)(b)

a questionnaire setting out any further information or documents you require from the other party. (FPR Rule 9.14)

a Notice in Form G (FPR Rule 9.14 (5)(d)

a Notice in Form H.

The First Appointment will be heard by a District Judge at the Family Court of Sandford on the 15th October 2019 at 10am. Parties are to arrive 1 hour before the hearing to try and resolve or narrow any issues or areas of disagreement.

The probable length of the hearing will be 30 minutes.

Non-compliance may render you liable to costs penalties.