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10 Apr 12 #322920 by dominoo
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Could someone please advise me what to expect with regard to the FDR as I am representing myself.
The Court letter states that I should bring to the hearing ''details of availability of a witness (if any), together with dates of any inconveniences. I am not sure what they mean by witnesses?
What is the procedure?
Is it a case of all sitting round the table - my ex husband, his solicitor, the judge and myself and what types of questions will be asked.
I am thinking that I need to have some form of resolution/acceptable agreement in my mind. Do I need to propoe something on paper? Or does the judge recommend?

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11 Apr 12 #323138 by hadenoughnow
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The dates etc will be to do with setting the date for a final hearing if agreement cannot be reached at FDR.

Use the search bar at the top of the page to find other wiki''s stories about FDR hearings.
It is in essence a negotiation with the judge offering an opinion on what he/she would do if it was Final Hearing.
You should submit an offer in advance of FDR - assuming you have full financial disclosure. If you are not aure what is fair, then you can ask on the forum for help.
Be prepared for negotiating. Make sure you know your bottom line and don''t be pressured into offering something you cannot afford. You do not need to agree to anything on the day. You can listen to what the judge has to say, go away to think about it and then make an offer to settle at any time up to the Final Hearing.


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