There would initially be a “First Hearing Dispute Resolution Hearing”. This is where directions are given as to how the matter is going to proceed. For example, the court may direct that a report should be prepared by CAFCASS before any decisions are made. This is also where the initial administrative issues are dealt with and the Judge may have questions regarding the Application.
The Court would then decide the matter should be listed as a Fact Finding Hearing, Dispute Resolution Appointment, Final Hearing or simply a further directions appointment.
At the Final Hearing and/or Finding of Fact Hearing, you would be expected to give evidence based on your statement and any witnesses would do the same. It is likely you would be cross-examined by the representative from the other party and vice versa. Matters are usually resolved before the final hearing.
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