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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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The four basic steps to reaching an agreement on divorce finances are: disclosure, getting advice, negotiating and implementing a Consent Order.

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A Consent Order is a legally binding document that finalises a divorcing couple's agreement on property, pensions and other assets.


Decree Absolute

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26 May 12 #333149 by maisymoos
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My solicitor has asked STBX solicitor if my ex has applied for the Absolute, they are not responding. Court Order is sealed, I know I can now apply for it myself but realise I will need to attend court. The court fee I believe is £40. Are there any other costs. Is there any reason I would need representing or is it just a quick hearing?

Before I do so will the court be able to confirm if this has already been applied for?

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26 May 12 #333150 by dukey
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Yup first call the court with your case number, if no application is with court, if not and the time is right make the application, so thats D36 and D11 and the cost is £90, given the order is sealed the judge will just stamp it, you don`t need to be represented.

Before you apply to court write to them and let them know if they don`t apply you will, it should force their hand because they will worry a bout you seeking costs.

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27 May 12 #333295 by maisymoos
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Thank you, Ill call the court in the morning:)

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28 May 12 #333380 by cookie2
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maisymoos wrote:

Are there any other costs.

As dukey said it''s £90. The only other costs would be a costs order if your ex successfully defends the Absolute being granted. But if your solicitor is advising that you apply, I assume this is not going to be an issue.

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13 Jul 12 #342932 by maisymoos
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Well back to court next week to hopefully get Decree Absolute granted, what a total waste of time and money, just under £500 in total. I am applying for costs and my solicitor thinks I have a good chance. But why on earth didn''t he just apply for the absolute? I can only assume its because he wants the court order to be unenforceable!?!

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