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Hi, I'm Lea and I have reviewed your query.
Did your wife apply via the online system, or on paper via Royal Mail?
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What I can tell you is that there are severe delays with processing divorce applications - for example, at Bury St Edmunds, the current position is that petitions for divorce received on 28th February are being dealt with, which means that they are very behind.
If your wife applied 4-6 weeks ago, it may be a further two or three months before you receive the petition.
With regards ***** ***** financial disclosure (Form E) this is standard practice and can actually save some time if you both do it ahead of either one of you making the application to court for a financial settlement.
Finances are never settled until the agreement is sealed by the court. Even if you have no joint finances left (which it appears you might do) you would still need to get everything you have agreed sealed in a consent order by the court in order to make it legally binding, otherwise you both leave yourselves open to future claims.
I would hope that your wife would not make a claim, but the fact is that if you don't settle the finances with a sealed consent order, the option is open to her to do that (as it would be open to you to do the same to her).
I cannot stress strongly enough that it is very important to get a clean break sealed by the court so that you are both free with no concerns to carry on with the rest of your lives.
It isn't possible to complete this matter without court intervention.
You could agree with her a date and time at which you both exchange the Form Es - but if you don't want to do it that way, you are entitled to wait until she makes an application to court (or you make one) for a financial settlement and the court orders you both to file the documents.
If she doesn't have your address she can't have filed for divorce.
For either one of you to issue any application in court you will need the other's address. You'll need to ask her for it or wait for her to make the applications to court.
If you'll accept service at work, that's fine.
That is correct.
Via a solicitor - it is indeed a very lengthy form and needs to be completed accurately. You will also need supporting documentation.
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