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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

What does the law say about how to split the house, how to share pensions and other assets, and how much maintenance is payable.

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FDR Hearing

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17 Nov 20 #514794 by Debbiecam
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We have recently been told our FDR hearing will be in April. However was instructed to send in Narrative Statement, plus any debts that were made in the marriage. And provide proof of payments made and by whom since the split. I have complied however the ex has not, with no offer of explanation. I have also discovered that his emigrating to Italy, I dont have a date but i believe it’s imminent. What effect will this have on our FDR hearing? And is it worth me notifying the court? We are both litigant in person.
Any advice is much appreciated.
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Debbie

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01 Dec 20 #514952 by AlanPartridge
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I am not fully sure, but I would suggest that you keep the process rolling forwards even in his absence, if he doesn't turn up to put his case then I would assume the judge will advise soon what is happening or can be done next and how. Don't let him stall the process by disappearing, I am sure the courts have dealt with it before and will be able to deal with it. I cannot see that being deliberately absent is likely to better his outcome.

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26 Dec 20 #515149 by Debbiecam
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Ok thank you. Yes I've just discovered he has gone.
My main concern is Ive been told I'm to lead the bundles (not sure how to do this) so plan on seeking legal advice for this matter. I'm wondering if he will even bother to provide me with his evidence and what action the court will do if he ignores the process he is meant to take.

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27 Dec 20 #515160 by hadenoughnow
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If you need support with stuff like bundles etc, it is worth giving the helpline a call.

Bundles need to follow practice direction 27a.

He needs to be sent an index so he can ask for particular inclusions before the bundle is finalised.

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27 Dec 20 #515166 by Debbiecam
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Ok, thank you I will call the helpline. As I simply have no idea how to do this.

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Debbie

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29 Dec 20 #515177 by Debbiecam
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I know for certain that the ex has lied to me and the courts. I have evidence to show that he has lied, Do i have to include my evidence in the bundle or can i wait til the final hearing?

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26 Jan 21 #515512 by alreid1612
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Sadly I would be wary of pinning too much hope on his lies. Having just been through a process where the ex refused to disclose, then blatantly and consistently lied under oath in a hearing when giving evidence, the court appears loath to do anything about it. I find the court's attitude in this regard pathetic. How on earth can a fair decision be reached if truth is not part of the equation. I think my dog could have made a better fist of judging than the incompetent, innumerate dotard that we had. Sorry for the cyncisim. You are right to feel aggrieved but do not expect too much to come of it.

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