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Preparing for his Form E

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26 Jun 12 #339228 by Sparkling
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Hi,
I am currently preparing my form E and mine is pretty straightforward. However, as I was initially on the back-foot regarding my husbands Petition I don''t want the same thing to apply regarding the finances.
Does anyone have any practical advice regarding me (legally) finding out as much as I can about my husbands financial situation in advance of receiving his form E info so that I will know what is accurate - he is a director in a business but I do not have his home address now and the last basic info I had on bank accounts of his is now 12 months old. The reason I want to have a better background idea is that his solicitor is also the solicitor for the firm where he works and is very ''tight'' with their accountants. My husband also threatened me that his solicitor (I quote his words) "specialised in dealing with money grabbing XXX like you". So I kind of got the feeling I might be up against it :unsure:. The firm where my husband works are not known for their necessarily altogether ''clean'' practices. One thing in my husbands favour is that he is a chartered accountant and therefore I hope he will honour his own sense of decency but I am beginning to doubt it. I feel like the underdog here so any insight or advice would be really appreciated.

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26 Jun 12 #339235 by supramax
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I am also an accountant. To be honest its very difficult to hide earnings if you are PAYE. he may ask that any bonuses due be delayed until after the divorce and there is no reason why his company wouldn''t agree to that helps their cash flow if nothing else and its not illegal . Also if he holds shares or equity in the business this is all part of the directors disclosure requirements just get a set of the last audited company accounts its all there. if you don''t understand accounts get an accountant or friend to interpret them for you. realistically though chances are he''s bluffing

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