Thank you for your question
My name is Clare
I shall do t best to help you but I need some further information first
How long have you known that a hearing was to be scheduled?
How often have you contacted the court asking when the date would be?
So you have known since 4th October that there would be an imminent hearing.
When did your ex tell you about the date?
What was the actual nature of the hearing - they usually have a name?
I have to ask - did it not occur to you to phone the court after you heard from your ex?
Please do not worry the money you have indicated covers all the exchanges on this thread - no extra required.
Just to check - you did check that the court had the correct address on record - not that of a former solicitor or anyone else?
Did you ever have solicitors acting for you in the case?
Have you checked that paperwork is not being sent there
I ask because I am afraid that there is little chance that the Court will agree a further adjournment.
The fact that you need to get time off work is seen as your problem and be under no illusion - the Court will not accept " I could not get time off work" as a good reason for an adjournment"
I also have concerns about their approach to the fact that you did NOT phone the court regularly and ensure that you knew what the date was.
If you are lucky and it is adjourned today then you MUST make regular phone calls and do NOT rely on the post for Notice.
The Court is often behind on the sending out of Orders - and you are expected to be proactive on the matter
I cannot comment on the missing paperwork without seeing the applictaion itself I am afraid - but you shoudl have requested it from your ex first
Sadly it is NOT the responsibility of the Court to ensure to ensure that both parties have all the paperwork - it is the responsibility of whichever party is missing documentation to request it from the other party and if it is not provided to make an applictaion to the court for an order that it IS provided.
It is your responsibility because you are one of the parties and you wish to be represented at the hearing.
You were lucky to day - you need to be proactive if you wish to ensure that you have as much notice as possible