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Once you have filed the C100, the court will send a notice to both you and the other parent notice that the application has been filed. The other parent also known as the respondent will be given an opportunity to respondent to the application.
The court will then list the matter for a first dispute resolution hearing. At this first hearing the court will consider the information provided and see whether the matter is such that CAFCASS ( social workers) needs to get involved. The courts will encourage parties at this stage to amicably resolve matters if possible. CAFCASS may also be instructed to make initial enquiries regarding the welfare of the child involved. The court does not usually consider the evidence at this first hearing. If an agreement cannot be reached at this stage the courts will then make directions to progress the case and get the case ready for a full hearing in which the evidence could be heard. At the hearing the court will usually consider any reports by cafcass if one was recommended.
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