See there are stages of trial of divorce petition
1.petitioner files petition
2.summons issued to respondent
With summons Respondent receives copy of petition along with documents submitted by petitioner
3.Respondent appears in court and files his reply i.e written statement in court
4. There are counselling sessions in divorce cases which are compulsory
5. Sometimes divorce cases gets resolved in counselling sessions
6.If there is no progress in counselling sessions then only evidence is filed by petitioner. Evidence means original documents filed on oath before court with exhibits assigned to it.
Generally petitioner files same document at the time of evidence with some additional documents. Copy is served to respondent too.
But evidence is not submitted at the time of first hearing or at the time of summons
Before the stage of first hearing date itself, the respondent will receive the summons, your petition copy, list of documents copy etc. So that he can know your pleadings and after appearence he will answer to your petition.. ok.
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