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So I've sent my petition to the courts, now what?

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Chocamochalatte · 07/01/2016 19:32

The courts have received my petition, I can see that as I sent it 'signed for', how do I know when they've sent it on? How do you know if it needs to be chased? Is it just a waiting game??

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Chloecoconut · 08/01/2016 09:39

I had a letter to say when they'd sent the copy of the petition to my ex. He then had a certain amount of time to respond and I then got another letter confirming that he'd sent it back. My nisi took a while as I'm going through BSE divorce centre and they're very busy and have backlogs. I can send my application for my absolute in next week!! So what I'm trying to say is that it can depend where you've sent it as to how soon you'll hear anything but you will hear something!!

shoeaddict83 · 08/01/2016 11:58

same as above - received a letter 3 days after submitting petition to say it had been sent to respondent and they had 14 days to respond. Once they did we were sent a copy of the 'acknowledgement of service' that the respondent had filled in and a form to apply for nisi. Sent all that back and within a week got the letter saying the judge had approved it and the date for the nisi being declared which is this month! Whole process began Nov 3rd and absolute can be applied for end of Feb :) that was all using east midlands divorce unit who have been brilliant

Chloecoconut · 08/01/2016 12:11

Shoeaddict I wish I'd been able to use EM's - technically I am in the EM's but my postcode allocation was BSE !! I started mine in July and even though it's straightforward I can only apply for my absolute next week..... cannot bloody wait Grin

shoeaddict83 · 08/01/2016 12:57

eeek must be exciting for it to finally be at that stage!
have to say they were brilliant, really fast and answered loads of queries on the phone which helped avoid use of solicitors as it was a straightforward dvce based on 2 year split.
Hopefully get your confirmation of absolute through before the end of Jan then! Grin

Chocamochalatte · 08/01/2016 14:00

Oh wow yours all sound really positive experiences! I called the divorce centre today and a recorded message said they were busy and all paperwork is taking 25-30 days to process, I hope that isn't how long they'll take to send the petition out! I've emailed now to see if they say anything different...

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Chocamochalatte · 08/01/2016 14:01

I meant to ask, what is EM and BSE?? Thanks :)

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shoeaddict83 · 08/01/2016 14:23

Em is east Midlands divorce centre and BSE is bury St emdunds unit i believe?

Chloecoconut · 08/01/2016 16:13

Which centre are you using Choca? And yes shoeaddict has the abbreviations spot on!

ElllieB1 · 12/01/2016 13:54

Sent petition in October, rang early December to see if ex had sent it back yet, he hadnt, but they have a 6 week backlog so said if he sent it they'd still process it. He's sent it in now and I'm waiting for a response now, which probably wont come until the end of this month Angry. This is BSE. They were very helpful over the phone though.

shoeaddict83 · 13/01/2016 10:51

Ellie - hope you hear something by the end of the month! 6 weeks backlog is a nightmare :( You just want it dealt with dont you not having to hang on!

ElllieB1 · 13/01/2016 11:36

I really hope so! Especially as it's been 2 years. I just want it over. Hope you hear soon too

shoeaddict83 · 23/01/2016 15:07

well Nisi was read 10am Thursday and today (saturday) certificate is on the doormat with application for Absolute in 6 weeks! Cant complain at how fast EM get their post out!!

shoeaddict83 · 05/03/2016 12:59

Well 6weeks and a day wait was up yesterday, sent absolute app in on Thursday so it was there Friday, and absolute certificate was on my doormat this morning!!!! So bloody pleased!

thelonggame · 05/03/2016 20:57

congratulations Shoe Flowers Cake

ElllieB1 · 05/03/2016 21:03

Yay! My nisi is being heard next week, hope it all happens that quick!

shoeaddict83 · 05/03/2016 23:23

Thanks both, and fingers crossed for you elllie

shoeaddict83 · 23/03/2016 08:51

Ellie did you get your Nisi through ok?

ElllieB1 · 23/03/2016 12:14

Hi, it was heard 17th March and I've been so busy I haven't even checked! I hope so.

shoeaddict83 · 23/03/2016 12:34

Have you not had a letter through confirming the Nisi was read? We got one the next day and it had s piece of paper clipped to it staying the date the absolute could be applied for

ElllieB1 · 23/03/2016 22:50

No, but their paperwork does seem to take ages, I'll ring tomorrow.

ElllieB1 · 24/03/2016 22:40

Came in the post today! Smile

shoeaddict83 · 25/03/2016 09:27

Yay!! Congrats now it's the 6wk 1day countdown to freedom! 🍾

shoeaddict83 · 11/05/2016 09:16

Ellie have you applied for the absolute? The 6 weeks must be up now? :)

ElllieB1 · 11/05/2016 09:58

Hi, I posted it off on the 29th April and got my absolute on the 5th May. I'm freeee!!

shoeaddict83 · 11/05/2016 10:52

Congratulations!! Must be big relief now! So pleased for you WineFlowers

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