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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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17 Jul 12 #343730 by Jenna29
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I sent off the form and cheque for my Decree Absolute yesterday but have just read that if it''s been than a year since the Nisi was granted (it has) then the Judge will want to know why it has taken so long. Should I have included a letter to explain? I also read that my absolute won''t be granted unless they are satisfied that the arrangements for the children are sorted out and that there is a form I should''ve completed regarding this. Any advice?

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17 Jul 12 #343738 by cookie2
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Yes, if it''s more than a year you should explain the delay and confirm no reconciliation has occurred. But since the form is already sent, you might as well just cross your fingers and hope. You might get lucky.

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17 Jul 12 #343741 by Jenna29
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Ah I see, thank you. So is it likely that the Judge won''t grant it and I''ll have to apply and pay again?

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17 Jul 12 #343744 by cookie2
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It''s likely the judge will ask you to explain the delay and confirm that no reconciliation has occurred. Whether you''ll have to pay £45 again, I don''t know.

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17 Jul 12 #343896 by Jenna29
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Apparently my ex and I should have prepared and signed an affadavit to accompany the form...he helpfully informed me that his solicitor told him this weeks ago tonight! :angry:

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