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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.


Form E

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05 Jul 12 #341421 by alldone69
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Hi all, have completed form E and need to subit them shortly , can someone please tell me when we got to court what happens? am i right in thinking that we can cross examine each others forms at this time ? and will there be another hearing after this, is this when the judge makes a decision about who gets what, have a strong feeling that whatever the judge decsides, the stbx will refuse it!! if this does happen, what will happen then, ? dont know the prosedures, oh and also can i take someone with me for support ?

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06 Jul 12 #341468 by cookie2
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You don''t seem to have much understanding of the entire process. do you have a solicitor? I think if you are going to self-rep then you need to do a lot more background reading, and fast!

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06 Jul 12 #341509 by vivi36
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hiya, I agree with cookie.

You swear your form E into the court. Then They are swapped, preferably on an agreed day. Then you compile questions and swap. I answered all my questions because I didn''t want to be seen as wasting court time, however apparently you don''t have to answer anything unless you are ordered to do so by the Judge. So because x didn''t answer any he had to pay my costs and then we were listed for another hearing.

I took a friend for my first hearing. She was only allowed in the waiting area. I was advised by my solicitor that as there was confidential material in my court bundle ie the x''s form E, if the x objected to my friend she would be made to leave.

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06 Jul 12 #341552 by Hereshopin
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If you''re ready to swap form E''s then you should have a timetable from the court telling you what forms you have to submit (questionnaire, chronology, statement of issues) and the date these have to be submitted by. Have you got a ''Notice of First Appointment''? You can take a McKenzie ''friend'' into court but you have to get permission and, as far as I know, it has to be someone unconnected with the case, otherwise it would be unfair and uncomfortable for the other side.

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07 Jul 12 #341799 by confused 101
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I took my mother as my mckenzie Friend. His solicitor didn''t object and the judge even asked her a question !

Look on the notice you received. It will tell you the exchange date and the date you have to provide Chronology etc as Hereshopin says.

You form a questionnaire asking questions about the form E you receive from your X - And they will ask questions about yours, and you write a statement of issues setting out those issues to be sorted as you see them.

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08 Jul 12 #342009 by alldone69
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Thankyou for your reply, have fille dit all in, one question i do have, for my monthly expenditure can i put down soliciotrs fees?

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08 Jul 12 #342010 by vivi36
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hiya

i put £300 a month solicitors fees (which was a good average)

his side argued like hell to get it removed. he was divorcing me after he had an affair and left me. the judge simply said the £300 stayed and he had to pay it as part of my maintenance payment. the judges words were ''tough, nature of the beast''

altho i must stress that every case is different. my ex was a complete idiot that firmly believed that because of his job that he was above the law. so i suppose that was their way of slapping him down.


put it in. It is your expenditure. Your not lieing. If you have to remove it then so be it!

Good luck

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