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There needs to be more court outcomes on wikivorce

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5 years 1 month ago #466073 by Sixty
It seems to me most people on here talk about and surmise what will happen, but very few report on the actual consent order at FDR or final judgement at Final Hearing (FH). This means we are all left guessing as to which advice on Wikivorce to accept. Am I the only one that thinks this?

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5 years 1 month ago #466075 by LittleMrMike
Speaking as an adviser, it would certainly be helpful to have feedback as to the outcome of a case where one has offered advice.

The difficulty is that no two cases are really identical. I have felt for some time that some judicial guidelines ought to be given which might just perhaps result in greater foreseeability of outcome. After all it''s not all that different from sentencing guidelines to ensure that sentencing is more or less in line with other sentences for similar offences.

Or perhaps personal injury, where I think it is true that there is a database of awards which should in theory mean that if you break your arm in Berwick upon Tweed, you get the same damages as you would if you were run over in Penzance.

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5 years 1 month ago #466077 by Sixty
I agree there ought to be greater foreseeable outcomes . Without them litigants can be at sea for years, paying out unnecessary legal costs. That said, if people used Wikivorce to share their outcomes at FDR and FH, we would get a gist of what was actually happening in the real divorce court world.

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5 years 1 month ago #466078 by iusedtolovehim
Replied by iusedtolovehim on topic Re:There needs to be more court outcomes on wikivorce
Well, here''s my tuppence worth. At FDR judge recommended 90% equity of FMH to me + 200k of ex''s pensions in return for a clean break . Long marriage (married in 1989) - both aged 54, no dependent children. His base salary is 93k, mine is 29k. He has share options. We''re going with that (consent order sealed last week) and I''m happy. Don''t think he is though!

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5 years 1 month ago #466079 by Sixty
Thank you Iusedtolovehim, that is just the sort of thing we need on court outcomes. :)

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5 years 1 month ago #466085 by WYSPECIAL
iusedtolovehim wrote:

Well, here''s my tuppence worth. At FDR judge recommended 90% equity of FMH to me + 200k of ex''s pensions in return for a clean break . Long marriage (married in 1989) - both aged 54, no dependent children. His base salary is 93k, mine is 29k. He has share options. We''re going with that (consent order sealed last week) and I''m happy. Don''t think he is though!


It''s great to see a result, and good that you are happy with it, but we don''t know what there was to split or what % of the total pot you each got.

I recall you had concerns about your ex having a secret savings account? That is something that seems to concern a lot of people so advice on how you evidenced it would be helpful to others too.

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5 years 1 month ago #466087 by .Charles
The outcome becomes more difficult when the asset base is small. If there is plenty to go around it is possible to reach some form of resolution fairly easily even if you go to final hearing as the costs are more proportionate and bearable.

As an example, a matrimonial pot of £5M could bear costs of £250k whereas a pot of £250k would have difficulties accommodating costs of £30k particulary if the £250k is not enough to support both parties independently.

Then you have the issue of the needs of children, ill-health, inequality of earnings capacity, pension entitlement and type etc.

Applying a formula would be great but ultimately without being able to finesse any outcomes created by the formula some people will fall into the gaps created where they are on the cusp of a spreadsheet algorithm.

Charles

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