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At FHYDRA Directions the Legal associate said Statements in

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At FHYDRA Directions the Legal associate said Statements in 6 weeks, and another statement from each party 1 week before Final Hearing.Is it acceptable for me to leave my Witness Statement until that final statement 1 week before?
Frankly, I don’t relish the idea of my Ex making up more fiction after he has read my Witness Statement and giving him 5 weeks to do it. I rather suspect he will also do the same.Other than reading Directions closely (when they finally arrive.....) do you have any other suggestion as to protocols here?Off doing the school run shortly, that may curtail my incessant questions for the day!

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It seems that the statement due in 6 weeks will be your full witness statement. The one a week before the hearing is normally just an updating position statement to clarify any new developments and the outstanding issues. If you file your main witness statement as late as 1 week prior to the hearing then you risk the court needing to adjourn to give your ex time to properly respond - and possibly wasted costs. I appreciate you don't want to give him ammunition but this is the process, I'm afraid.

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Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I have been in hearings where Judge allows main statements in, as late as the hearing date! This is annoying when one has prepared but the other side has absolutely not.

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