Sorry about this saga but can anybody advise.
I am the Petitioner in my divorce a marraige of only six months. ex2b cross petitions with a load of lies and even slander. Make several offers to proceed matters all of which are refused.
1st Judge makes order to exchange statements and witness documentation for a full hearing before a District Judge.
Ex2b's solicitors fail to make deadline on court order and apply for extension of time. She all of a sudden gets legal aid in the divorce proceedings only.
Go to court today regarding extension to time, new judge grants extension refuses me additional witnesses and then states it will not get past him to a District Judge and if I wish to appeal so be it. Adjourns for 28 days for us to reach agreement.
Have tried several proposals already and all have been rejected.
At my wits end now can he change the first Judges decision and surely I have the right to present my case.
Hi, I'm scared to death that my divorce goes to court because the courts in this country makes decisions without thinking what the consequences are on any person in a divorce hearing, I'm on benefits from having brain surgery and the xtb left me in May and now she wants the house sold and the judge will make an order that will make me homeless and the CSA will make deductions from my benefits for maintenance for our 14 year old son and that will make me destitute. I will go from a hard working man with a family to selling the Big Issue on the street.
Without knowing too much about your respective financial circumstances, it is difficult to comment, but
(i) if you are on benefits your CSA should only be payable at the rate of £5 per week, unless this has recently changed.
(ii) one of the principal concerns of a court is to make sure that both parties have somewhere to live. In lower income cases this is very much a case of easier said than done, and it can often require very creative thinking, much more so than where there is lots of money.
(iii) What you say about brain surgery suggests to me the possibility that you might be classed as ' vulnerable ' for the purposes of homeless legislation. Vulnerability has been defined as some physical or mental handicap which makes it harder for such a person to identify and hold down accommodation when a person without the handicap would have no such difficulty. I would be inclined to consult a specialist housing advice centre a.s.a.p., preferably Shelter.
(iv) I would also advise you to go down to your local CAB to make an appointment to discuss the issue of what benefits you might get, particularly housing benefit and DLA. If you can get the latter - even for a period - it could help you quite a lot in getting back on your feet.
(v) It could also be worth discussing the matter with the Housing Department of your Local authority.