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22 Oct 07 #5130 by JLGsDad
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Can anyone help? I've researched on the net but can't find anything.
Situation:
:)My wife gave me the choice, so I went to a local solicitor, took £600 fixed fee divorce and petitioned.
:)Wife got the petition & sent it back.
:)Wife finally agrees to mediation and we have first appointment (goes well).
:)I get letter from my sol with my wife's response, she agrees to divorce and her submission cracks me up: complete fiction (turns me into the Dad from Hell) and she forgot to fill in bit for her to confirm she is wife, so form has to go back.
:)First hearing mid-January.
:(Sol states won't do anything at all on ancillary relief and isn't part of fee.
:(I'm worried and don't know the best way to go: I don't want to waste time and money employing a new sol if there's an easier route (I have to take day off work for each appointment and I'm running out of holiday).

Questions:
:SDo I need to do anything in her response to her response to the SOA?
:SDo I have to attend first hearing, do I need representation?
:SIf I agree in mediation, can my wife shaft me at the first hearing by placing demands and rejecting mediation agreement?
:unsure:Any other advice?

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22 Oct 07 #5135 by LittleMrMike
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In reply to your questions :

1. It is very unlikely that issues of conduct would affect the financial settlement ; but without seeing your wife's response I could not be definite. My inclination is to ignore it, but if you tell me more I might be able to comment further.
2.Yes, you have to be there. No, you don't need to be represented. It's pretty harmless ; the judge will review the information he or she has and may give directions to you, your wife, or both.
3. If you agree at mediation, the normal follow up would be that you would apply for a formal order from the Court incorporating the terms you have agreed. So there wouldn't be any need for a first hearing.
4. You wouldn't need a new solicitor ; but if you want any extra services not covered by the £600 fixed fee, you would have to pay extra. Still cheaper than going to a new solicitor, I would have thought, other things being equal.

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24 Oct 07 #5214 by gone1
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I agree with Mike. I would stick with the sol you have. May I just add that its common to up the guilt and make you the dad from hell. She has to back up the poisen she is dealing out and this just backs it all up. She may be giving the kids the same. She can say "see it says it here that you were a total barstuard". Chris.

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