My ex-partner has (via legal aid) initiated the proceeding in regards to our 4-year-old son. The first family court date is 12 February 2016. I wasn't served the paperwork until 3 February. I am representing myself as I am a single mother receiving the Single Parent Pension and as he is getting legal aid, I am not entitled to their assistance. I was unaware that the rules require me to file and serve my Form 1A- Response to Initiating Application. I filed my Form 1A and Case Information Affidavit today 9 February with a letter explaining why I didn't file and serve within the correct time frame. My worry is that my response and case information affidavit may not be accepted into evidence and I may not have the chance to have my say and that he will get everything he is asking for. If anyone can provide me with some feedback I would appreciate it.