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I am divorcing my wife in France, who deserted me (she returned

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I am divorcing my wife in France, who deserted me (she returned to the UK three years ago). She applied for, and received an order for maintenance from me (there are no children). I since discovered that she lied to the French court at the application hearing, in that she claimed to have been made redundant from her employment in the UK, when I have evidence that she resigned of her own volition.

I have attempted to apply to the court for a reduction, and have submitted my new evidence through my French avocat (who is not at all reliable). So far, having been given two court dates for my hearing, the opposition has "not been ready" to proceed, and the hearing has been delayed, yet again.

1). How often can the court be asked to delay?

2). How may I go about addressing the incompetence of my avocat? I have to date, paid him over 35,000 Euros (Since May 2011),, when I was quoted a projected fee of between 2,000 and 5,000 Euros, and I seem to be no further forward with my divorce proceedings (nearly three years, so far).

Thank you
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: French Law
Expert:  Nicola-mod replied 4 years ago.

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After I had posted my question, I had an E mail from you informing me that "an expert is reading your question right now".


Was that not the case, then, and have I been misinformed?


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you.


If you feel that there is unlikely to be an answer forthcoming from anyone, perhaps then you can cancel my question, and refund my payment.


Chris Kaley

Expert:  Thegonnec replied 4 years ago.
1) The court can be asked to delay quite indefinitely but will accept only if there is a good reason to do so or if your avocat agrees with this postponement.
2) To address what you call the incompetence of your avocat, you need to take the matter to the head of the bar (batonnier) who has disciplinary powers in these cases.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Merci bien.


The court has delayed my application on two occasions, now, and my avocat has not given me any idea for the reasons.


He has, on both occasions, informed me that we cannot object to the delay. I suspect that on both occasions, it is because he has not forwarded our submissions in good time (although having been in possession of the original submission, the opposition can hardly use that as an excuse a second time, after three months. I have told him this, but get no reply). It is almost as if he is deliberately employing delaying tactics, rather than act in my best interests.


He has charged me, in advance, (October) for his expenses for pleading for me at court (including his travelling expenses and pleadings), about which I am not at all pleased, as he has not actually yet been to court and incurred those expenses. I have queried this with him, but again, receive no reply to my questions.


For this reason (and others), I feel sufficiently aggrieved to complain about his apparent lack of professionalism, hence the second part of my original question to you.


After an expenditure of 35,000 Euros thus far, I am reluctant to change horses mid-stream and start again. But if I have to, then I will.


Finding English-speaking lawyers in this part of France profonde is not easy!