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Yes, I do practice family law currently.
OK, from what you are saying, it sounds like you have already come quite far in the litigation process. What you should have doe is to apply in terms of Rule 43 in the High Court or Rule 58 in the Magistrates Court for interim maintenance and an order that your husband make a contribution to your legal costs, to allow you to be able to litigate on equal footing with him, instead of having to represent yourself, at your own risk and to your own detriment.
You can still do this, and ask for a postponement of the hearing to enable you do bring such an application on the grounds mentioned above - it is in your interest and in the interest of justice that your husband makes a contribution to your legal costs so that you can appoint an attorney to assist you and ensure that you get proper advice and assistance.
If you missed the time for discovery, it is not a train smash - just do it as soon as possible. The Court might penalise you with costs if you cause an undue delay, but that is better than the alternative of getting a raw deal at trial simply because you missed one of the procedural steps while you are unrepresented and a layperson when it comes to legal matters.
You will be able to claim maintenance in the maintenance court yes, but it is better to get it sorted out now, rather than to wait until later.
I hope this answered your question.
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