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James Mather
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I understand that someone has maliciously cited me in a divorce

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I understand that someone has maliciously cited me in a divorce petition. How can i combat this and will the citing be a matter of public record?

Why maliciously?

Can we have background please?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

the character involved is husband number 2. He is seeking to discredit me as much as his ex wife. He has one friend who is the first ex husband of the lady involved and is currently facing criminal charges for GBH against her when they were together
i helped her financially when she was in hospital post the attack, as i have known her 20 years and the 2 ex husbands are colluding on the basis of if they suffer i sholuld...its that mad a logic. there is no evidence whatsoever of an affair. My concern is the extent to which the accusation is made public and the reputational issue for me as theres 'no smoke without fire' belief

He is a very
stupid person. If you both deny adultery (which seems likely), then his divorce
petition will fail.

The family law
protocol says that a co-respondent should not be named, unless the petitioner
is applying for costs against both respondent and co-respondent.

In addition, it
will increase his costs because all documentation has to be served on both
parties and you may simply choose to ignore it, which then needs an application
to court to dispense with service on you.

It seems unlikely
that he has a solicitor who would have strongly advised him against this.

proceedings are not public domain and unless you are a film star or footballer,
this is unlikely to make the press, or be of any other interest to anybody.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

many thanks. Great help



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