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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.

What steps can we take to reach a fair agreement?

The four basic steps to reaching an agreement on divorce finances are: disclosure, getting advice, negotiating and implementing a Consent Order.

What is a Consent Order and why do we need one?

A Consent Order is a legally binding document that finalises a divorcing couple's agreement on property, pensions and other assets.


Going In Blind.....

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30 Jan 08 #12387 by scottishlady
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Hi...

Okay... 'First Appointment' at court on Monday....
I was told a few weeks ago by my sol that she would 'call me to have me into her office this week to discuss things' before the hearing...
No word....
I called her yesterday - "not available until tomorrow"
I called her today - "she's with a client, but you'll get a letter on Saturday"... "just meet her at 1.30pm at the courthouse (hearing's at 2pm).. and she'll go through things with you then"....

Is this normal practice?....

If it weren't for the marvellous information and advice I have received from the members on 'wiki' I would be going in there 'totally blind'....
As it is, I know a little of what to expect... (no thanks to my sol)...

I guess this is more of "A Big Thankyou".... than a question... to all those who have shared their wisdom with me...:)

SL

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30 Jan 08 #12391 by zozo
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Hi scottish
I am on the same shaking ground with my sol. I was totally going blind wondering when my x abusive will enter the FH and trying to call my sol. to ask him if he got the answer, when his secretary said that he is ( the sol.) busy tidying his office!!!!!!!!!! and I got the answer only next morning!!!!!!!!!! I believe it depend on if you pay regulaly there fees or not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do not worry every body is in the same boat like you and it is exactly like TITANIK SHIP,high class people are served first.
Good luck to you and every body on this web wich is saving us and our money

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31 Jan 08 #12404 by Elle
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Hi Scottish,
I raised concerns with my unobtainable lawyers office that the requirements as set in statute and her responsibility were not in place for the FH with less than a week to go and also that the Court and I had a different date from her re the FH.......the reponse......I dont like crticism ....and she walked!!!!! Left me in a pickle and FH could not proceed as I, yes I, had failed to prepare.......so back in the drivers seat and will relish it this time when I get over the recent shock
Elle

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31 Jan 08 #12405 by Elle
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Forgot to mention....I am totally up to date with the 250 an hour fees for this legal "representation"! Aint lawyers a law unto their sensitive shallow selves

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31 Jan 08 #12409 by maggie
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Me too - virtually nothing agreed about what I wanted or would accept - no "tactics" decided - I paid on the dot - I gave her all the relevant questions and proofread her pathetic letters - on FDR dy she asked me tio accept a completely new set of income needs that I'd never seen before - after working on mine without any help from her for months - now my pension share is unravelling because she messed it up.
In the long gap between form E and FDR I had to contact her every time.
She never said anything positive about how the split would go - looked totally lost at FDR trailing the barrister who seemed to be reading my docs for the first time as he went along .

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31 Jan 08 #12436 by scottishlady
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Wow.....
Looks like this isn't a unique problem eh???

I have arrived home from work today to a letter from my sol.... basically saying that she'd enclosed a few documents from my STBX's solicitor....
'Statement of Issues'.....'Questionaire'.... Chronology....

So.... it looks to me like my STBX's solicitor is more, shall we say, 'organised/prepared....

Again..... she states "that she will discuss matters with me on Monday" (at the court).... excellent stuff!!!!!!!

SL:angry:

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