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Hi, I need some urgent advice. In the last hour ive received

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Hi, I need some urgent advice. In the last hour ive received a legal notice demanding my presence at a Family Law Court on Monday morning at 10am. This has come as a complete shock as my wife and I appeared to be on fairly amicable terms. She is looking for some seperation spousal maintenance. We do NOT have children therefore the maintenance is purely for her. How can I be expected to appear in court having had no time for legal cousel beforehand? Can I have this postponed? Im due to fly to malaysia for permanent move on wednesday and have removals planned on Monday. What would happen if I failed to attend as the notice says decisions could be made in my absence. Is this fair given ive only received the notice to attend?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
What agreement did you think you had made regarding spouse maintenance?
Where an dhow were you served with the paperwork and what does it actually say?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

we did not make any agreement on payments as yet. Got the notice to attend court through my letter box following a telephone call saying that I had to attend court. The paper work says I have to attend at 10 am.

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
What income do you each have?
What assets are there here in the Uk?
How long were you living together and are there any minor children involved?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

No children. I earn about 60K she earns 15k. we have been married for 11 years but this is our 3rd separation. We don't own a home, been renting.

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Are there actually any assets of any type here in the Uk - or abroad.
What offer were you intending to make regarding spouse maintenance?