The Court has recently set aside a divorce that the wife did not know about. Her husband had filled out the Acknowledgement of Service for the divorce and falsified her signature on the document. Despite 12 years having passed, the court has ruled that the parties are still married. Click on the link below for further details of the judgement.
When a spouse applies for a divorce, their ex-partner is told to respond to the application (petition) by completing an Acknowledgment of Service document. This is now done online. The purpose of this document is for the respondent to tell the court that they've received the divorce paperwork and they acknowledge that the petitioner wants to divorce them.
If it is not completed and the petition is based on Unreasonable Behaviour, 5 years separation or Desertion, then the petitioner can still apply to progress the divorce without the respondent's Acknowledgment of Service.
If the divorce is based on Adultery or 2 Years Separation by Consent then the Acknowledgement of Service is needed. You may have to apply to court to amend the petition using a different reason for your divorce.
If you need to take these steps you may be able to claim the costs back from your spouse.
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