Represent yourself in court

Divorce and separation involving children

You’ll be referred to as the ‘applicant’ if you brought the case, for example you filed the divorce papers.

You’ll be known as the ‘respondent’ if you’ve received divorce papers or a request for a separation, or a contact order or residence order for a child.

Before you go to court

You must normally go to mediation before you go to court.

The court will not hear your case until you send them a C100 form.

Read guidance about whether you should take your case to court.

Read the ‘Guide for Separated Parents: Children and the Family Courts’.

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