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FDR paperwork

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15 Feb 08 #14025 by unic
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still seriously considering self repping.
First hearing over, form E's exchanged.
What other paperwork would i need to bring to FDR?

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16 Feb 08 #14082 by SummerSun
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You should take along any previous offers to settle, your current proposal and any other suporting info. At my FDR both side put their case forward including a proposal for settlement and the reasons why, e.g., needs based etc

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18 Feb 08 #14238 by Vail
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Unic,

You should deposit your bundle at the court a week before the FDR and arrive at the hearing one houre beforehand with three copies; one for you, one for the judge (in case the court has lost the one you gave it) and one for the other party.

The bundle should include a chronology, a statement of issues, an outline of the case, the Forms E (both parties), costs of the divorce to date and an estimate of further costs, questionnaires and replies and the stuff SummerSun mentions.

It might not be a bad idea to mention in the outline of the case any legal help you have had and why you are slf-repping (eg, general consensus achieved and a desire to minimise costs).

Please bear in mind to make an allowance for legal fees to be incurred in drafting up any Consent Order. A solicitor at his point would be a good idea as he/she would be aware of likely future pitfalls. After spending a lot of time and trouble arguing things out, it would not be good for an argument to develop 6 months later because of some oversight.

Good luck.

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