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I’m waiting for FHYDRA associate to put Directions in the

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I’m waiting for FHYDRA associate to put Directions in the post. Court staff haven’t seen it either (in 3 weeks). I only have 4 weeks to Due Date for my statement in final hearing but I need 1 week extension, because it would arrive at my Ex’s place in the middle of half term. Not a good idea to make him angry while my Child is there!I also wanted to ‘catch’ Directions to have them amended to say nobody asks Child to write a letter to court. (My ex said he would have the child do this).
When I emailed Court, they hadn’t seen Directions yet. We will struggle to ‘fix’ Directions in time.Should I email Court again and ask them to track down the Legal Eagle and pass my comments on to her BEFORE she sends out Directions, because we are running out of time??

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There is no harm in contacting the court and asking for this to be added before directions are sent out.

My view is that the extension may not be granted (to be honest you could just serve a couple of days late if you are worried about repercussions) but the point about not asking the child to write a letter is one which could be added as if the judge had wanted to hear directly from the child they would have asked for this. It's involving the child in the dispute which is supposed to be avoided as much as possible.

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Customer: replied 12 days ago.
OK Yes. I will write to Court again tonight and ask them to track down and suggest modification to directions BEFORE they go out - after all, would save on reissuing and confusion.
Taking your good suggestion, I will add that if I don't hear back from the Court by my statement Due Date, I envisage filing and serving a few days late to avoid risk to the child on holiday.You are right that my Ex is usually late in his filings and no repercussions ever came from that.

Absolutely - the court is usually a little flexible over filing dates, provided the evidence is filed in good time before the hearing (or sometimes even on the day). Thank you again for visiting JustAnswer, please do let me know if you have any additional questions in the future. I am also happy to answer any new questions on other topics that you may have, you can request me by putting “for PLCLEGAL” at the start of the new thread. Best wishes, Peter