Hi, I am representing myself as a Respondent in a Financial Relief application under divorce. I have received Form E from my wife's solicitor and have prepared my Questionnaire and Statement of Issues to be submitted early next week prior to the FDA (1st hearing) scheduled for 20th Nov, 19.
I am looking for some help in filling the Form G. Basically, I am wondering which of the below 2 options to go for:
1) NOT in a position to proceed for FDR --- as I am awaiting a proper adjusted CETV valuation of my wife's pension from Local Government -- though she has shared the CETV. There are other questions included in Questionnaire -- where the objective is more to point out the misleading info in Form E rather than seeking further disclosure OR to draw the Court's attention to my estranged wife's lifestyle of spending beyond her means.
2) OK to proceed for FDR --- as I have captured all the Issues where I seek Court's opinion --- and if it gets addressed in this FDA (1st hearing), then I'd be in a position to revisit/update my proposal for settlement - which was rejected by my estranged wife during our mediation sessions, which failed as I could not accept her proposal either.
Is there any risk in going for Option '2' above? My objective is to get this case concluded at the earliest possible.
And, if I do get the Court's opinion on all the issues / grey areas, then I maybe able to avoid the barrister's cost as well --- as I have been considering to seek a Direct Access Barrister's opinion on what the Court is likely to rule in terms of the financial settlement between me and my estranged wife.
I'd appreciate if someone can help me with their views on above. Please feel free to ask for any further input/clarification. Thanks!