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Use this form when you have dependent children: under the age of 16; or between 16 and 18 and in full-time education or training.
You should send this form to the Court at the same time that you file your D8 divorce form.
The Court treats the welfare of dependent children as the number one priority. By sending this form when issuing your divorce petition, the Court can be more satisfied that the welfare of the children will be taken into account in the divorce process.
Completing the form
The form is uncomplicated and asks for details of the children, their schooling, with whom they live, whether they have any disabilities or special needs and so on. It also requires you to enter information about details of arrangements for the future - with whom the child will live, arrangements for future contact with the absent parent, any maintenance arrangements and so on.
If you are the petitioner, it is beneficial (if possible) to have your husband or wife to sign the form before you file the divorce. By doing so, you show the Court that you both agree with the planned arrangements. This will save time.
Sometimes it is not possible to obtain the respondent's signature to the form before filing the divorce petition (because, for example, the parties are not on speaking terms). It is therefore more likely that the Court will be called upon to make orders in relation to the children.
If you are the respondent
If you don’t agree with the statement of arrangements filed by the petitioner you can use this same form when you return your acknowledgement of service form.
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