I have spent a whole year conducting voluntary disclosure with my stbx including exchange of form E and supporting documentation. I have answered all their queries but they have not answered mine. My stbx''s sol'' has informed me that they are preparing a settlement proposal which is imminent.
Today I received a notice of first appointment, a copy of their application for a financial order and a copy of Form G. This must have been applied for by my stbx''s sol as I am self repping and have not done this.
Presumably I will still have to attend court for the first appointment regardless of any other voluntary actions such as their proposals but can I just give the court the form E and documents I have already passed on to my stbx and her sol or do I have to start all over again?
The court order sates that I use a form E whereas eveerything my stbx and I have done so far has been on an E1, which should I present to the court?
Can anyone suggest why I received this first appointment and FO application when things were being done voluntarily?
Mathisfun was just "bumping" up your thread so others see it.
A court application shouldn''t be viewed as hostile. Perhaps your wife has applied to court because she feels negotiations haven''t moved matters forward. Disclosure was voluntary and now form E is required to be exchanged by the courts so the disclosure needs updating. YOu then have the opportunity to ask each other questions about Form E.
You are required to attend court in person to represent your interests unless the court agrees for the hearing to be adjourned or a solicitor represents you or for remote communication at the hearing. Without agreement from the court the hearing can go ahead in your absence and there will be no one to get your side of the story across.
My stbx''s solicitor''s correspondance all state that they hope to resolve things with a settlement proposal which is in discussion at the moment. Trouble is they take so long to get back to me. I respond right away so don''t see what the problem is to get this agreed and a Consent Order drawn up especially with a court date looming. We have two days left to agree before I go away and I just can''t see it happening.
Do you think I would get away with submitting to court, my form E and associated paperwork that I have exchanged last August with my stbx''s solicitor?
Due to the nature of my work I will not have time, opportunity or communications to collate fresh data for the dates noted by the court. Same goes for the questionnaire, issues, Form G etc and probably the actual hearing. I feel at a huge disadvantage over this. Would writing to the judge to explain go any way to helping me?
I am reluctant to use a solicitor due to the expense and have done everything myself so far.