20th Feb 2023


refers to the party in the proceedings who is responding to the Applicant’s proceedings, which of course gets very confusing where a husband petitions for divorce, the wife issues proceeding for financial remedies and the husband applies within those proceedings for an injunction. Wife or husband can then each be the Respondent, depending on which bit of the proceedings are being referred to. Judges usually resort to “husband” and “wife”, even when the divorce has long completed.