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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

What does the law say about how to split the house, how to share pensions and other assets, and how much maintenance is payable.

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What is a Consent Order and why do we need one?

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10 Jun 12 #335971 by willows
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Hi,

I''m considering representing myself in court for Ancillary Relief as I simply cant afford the legal fees involved when using a solicitor and am wondering what fees are involved. I know there is the initial £240 but are there further court fees as it progresses?

Thanks

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10 Jun 12 #335982 by Tirov
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What is the value of the joint assets? Tirov

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10 Jun 12 #335990 by willows
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Theres only the house which after paying the mortgage and costs is in the region of £110,000.

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10 Jun 12 #336009 by Tirov
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No endowments or pensions? T

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10 Jun 12 #336012 by willows
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He has a private pension with his work that he has paid into for the past 20 years but I have no idea of the value.

I paid into a private pension for 4 years (1998 - 2002) before I stopped working after my 2nd child and not being able to afford to pay into it, I''m waiting for them to send me up to date info and have just started last month paying into a pension with my work which I''ve just started.

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11 Jun 12 #336100 by Tirov
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His pension is a joint asset and should go into the pot! My advice which I know is easier said than done is to instruct a Solicitor to handle your claim and an Actuary to value the pension. Doing the job yourself could leave you at huge risk of not getting your entitlement.
As you have a house your bank should be able to loan you enough to cover your legal fees and 50% of the actuaries fees.

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