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Chronology - level of details

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12 Sep 12 #355499 by SilverFir
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Thinking well ahead here, considering that FA isn''t until early December!

How much detail should the Chronology go into? I''m sure I read somewhere that it should be short & sweet.

Thing is, somewhere I want to record the fact that negotiations have been ongoing for coming up to four years, and also that there have three offers agreed in principle and drafted that STBX has then refused to sign.

If that doesn''t go on the Chronology, where can I state it so that the court knows? The only reason that I''m forced to go to court is because STBX has refused to sign previously drafted documents.

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12 Sep 12 #355505 by dukey
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In financial proceedings a chronology is a simple document to give the judge a brief outline of some of the detail he needs. It would need:

The DOB of the parties and children
The date of cohabitation if you argue seemless cohab to marriage
The date of marriage
The date of separation
The date of the petition
The date of the nisi
The date of the Forms E
The date of the FDA

You then later add any other dates relevant to the proceedings

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12 Sep 12 #355507 by SilverFir
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That''s what I though ... but where therefore (given the raft of documents involved) can I point out that we''ve already reached agreement 3 times only for him to renege at the point of signing? Or do I have to mention that during proceedings (remembering that I am LIP)?

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12 Sep 12 #355510 by dukey
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In the statement of apparent or consise issues.

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12 Sep 12 #355511 by SilverFir
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Cheers Dukey - Statement of Issues it is!

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13 Sep 12 #355583 by dukey
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At this stage the statement is the most important document, take your time with it.

Think of it this way, your the judge so what do you want to see, for starters an easy to read statement, not a huge block of text, you want paragraphs, no slang or text speak, no IMHO, judges are often barristers or advocates by their very nature they are precise and write very well.

Prioritise, what is actually important to this case, remember this is about money and who needs what from the pot, this statement needs to point out issues the judge needs to know about, is your other half telling lies? is there a lack of full disclosure.

A couple of years ago a friend asked me to read through his statement (sorry about this Andrew) it started with - the wife keeps texting me late on and saying she is so glad she doesn''t have to put up with me trying it on asking for a quickie anymore, it went downhill for there, you may think what a moron, well no he actually works calibrating gas compression rigs all over the world, it was just important to him, he just couldn''t see the wood for the trees.

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14 Sep 12 #355931 by SilverFir
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Thanks for the additional information.

Fortunately I have quite a good grasp of written English, I write procedure & guidance manuals as part of my role at work. And I abhor text speak, even on my mobile phone!

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