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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.

What steps can we take to reach a fair agreement?

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

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

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


What can I expect to get?

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01 Jul 12 #340302 by hattiedaw
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I left my husband 3 years ago.
There was noone else involved, he was mentally abusive and with-held money from me so the family (children over 18) went hungry.
Due to it being a complicated case as my husband owns lots of properties it has dragged on and on.
The final hearing is in a few weeks (thank god).
Can somebody tell me what I can expect with regard to spousal maintenance.
My barristers looking at around £750 a month but says he has to aim higher in court and negotiate down?
I have had to close down my business as it was making a loss and was crippling me so at present I have no income (living off fast dwindling savings). I am looking for work though and I am willing to do anything.
I dont really understand spousal maintenance and the conditions (if any) it comes with.
Could someone give me a general idea.
Thank you

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01 Jul 12 #340309 by cookie2
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I don''t understand how you can be a few weeks away from a final hearing, be paying £750 a month for a barrister, and not know what your chances of success are? What do your solicitor and barrister think? Have you not asked them? That is what you are paying them for, after all!

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01 Jul 12 #340310 by SilverFir
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Cookie, I read the post as the Barrister looking to get £750/m SM for her, rather than costing her £750/m ;)

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01 Jul 12 #340314 by cookie2
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Oh right, yeah - well, same applies. What is the reason for doubting what your own solicitor and barrister are saying?!

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01 Jul 12 #340373 by hattiedaw
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My solicitor is a wet lettuce who seems afraid of his own shadow and very pessamistic. He has no fire in his belly and I''m seriously thinking I chose the wrong one!
I''ve not seen my barrister for a few months but I''m seeing him tomorrow.
I''ve put forward what I think is a perfectly reasonable proposal (seeing as my ex is worth millions) of having the house I''m living in (ex rental in joint names) put solely in my name (I am now paying the mortgage), half of the 100K+ held by solicitors which is from the sale of another jointly owned house (ex wants the whole amount to put into his business, I want half so noone has anything til the judge says), my name and liability off the joint bank accounts my ex has run tens of thousands of pounds up in overdrafts since I left and a bit of spousal maintenance for about a year so I can get back on my feet.
My solicitor is not prepared to tell me where he thinks I stand...guess the barrister will give me a better idea.

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10 Jul 12 #342201 by bluefairy
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If he is worth millions why would you only have £750 p/mth sm and how can he be worth millions and be in debt? Doesn''t make sense to me.

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10 Jul 12 #342229 by hattiedaw
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Bluefairy,
He owns a ridiculous amount of rental properties. He has 16 of these empty at the moment (on purpose to cut down income - he did the exact same thing when his 1st wife was divorcing him). He''s asset rich but paper poor (is that the term?).
He is currently being investigated for some dodgy dealings on his form E and my solicitor has finally applied for a penal notice for him not having submitted his last 2 years accounts (hiding something definately).
I dont want to come across as greedy which is why I''m applying for just £750 a month SM, I just want to get back on my feet.
My barrister thinks it''s reasonable that I will get:
The house I''m in in my sole name.
£750 SM.
My name of the joint debts he''s run up since I left him.
70% of the 100K+ which is being held.
I hope this clarifies the situation.

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