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22 Jun 12 #338320 by REDCABOOSE
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Hi, got my FDR hearing next Tuesday, don''t think he will settle on that day. What happens at a Final Hearing, how long after the FDR would this take place, anyone been in this position? Still in the matrimonial home, my stbx is being particularly manipulating. Writing letters,supposedly written by our sons but actually written by him, which they will sign and he intends to produce at a final hearing!I am having a really rough week, help!

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22 Jun 12 #338321 by dukey
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If no agreement can be made the final hearing is usually listed for about three months after but it does vary so you wont find out until after FDR, on a bright note many do settle at FDR, in fact less than 5% progress to a final hearing.

The final hearing is a bit more formal than FDR and does have cross examination, which is just question to ask and answer really.

Its very unlikely that letters from children will be allowed at a final hearing, its all about how much you have in the pot and how best to divide it for the benefit of all concerned.

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22 Jun 12 #338325 by maisymoos
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I think timing really depends on the court and their workload. My FDR and Final Hearing dates were both decided at my first appointment (I think the judge at FA realised the likelihood that it would end at FH).

I have heard lots of different timings from a couple of months to nearer a year. The court will probably be able to give you an idea as to waiting time.

What are the letters about that he is claiming to use as evidence?

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22 Jun 12 #338329 by REDCABOOSE
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Thanks for replying, the letters are to say that on the 19th June, last year I agreed to gift £200,000 each, to both of our sons. Which I did not. As soon as the word divorce came up, he started moving money.

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22 Jun 12 #338335 by maisymoos
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This sounds a bit messy, but judges are used to seeing things like this happen and do know all the tricks in the book.

Are your sons adults or children? What does your legal rep say?

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22 Jun 12 #338338 by REDCABOOSE
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My sons are adults 37 & 31, only found out he was doing this yesterday, when I found a draft letter in the rubbish, in his handwriting, but supposedly from my youngest son. I have not informed my barrister yet, do you think I should?

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22 Jun 12 #338339 by dukey
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What do these letters actually relate too?.

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