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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

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20 Jun 12 #337926 by Sally Lewis
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I seem to be heading for a FH and am at the moment self-representing ( thinking ''I am woman'' Helen Reddy but feeling more Gilbert O''Sullivan). My ex has several businesses and the court ordered valuations by a chartered accountant. I would like to ask more questions which his solicitor block; does anyone know if I can insist on a forensic accountant to look at the books?...
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21 Jun 12 #337999 by dukey
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You can`t insist but you can ask a judge if you think the accountant wont find all s/he should, to do so you have a Directions hearing listed, you would need to convince a judge it is needed, if you go ahead and instruct a forensic accountant you may have problems having what is found added to the bundle.

The two real issues are,

Can you afford it

Do you have time for the investigation.

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21 Jun 12 #338251 by Sally Lewis
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Thanks so much. I think that maybe a better plan is for me to pose some questions in the cross-examination bit, I''m self-representing and learning as I go along. My case is tricky because the properties my ex owns are his income so apparently they can''t be classed as liquid assets. Trying desperately to save my home! Really good to read your response - this is a long and lonely road!

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21 Jun 12 #338252 by dukey
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Any asset that can be sold for cash is a liquid asset so I''m not sure who has told you that, none liquid assets tend to be pensions and bonds and some gilts but for most of us it''s just pensions, your probably right though in terms of costs and timing.

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