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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.


Can I use this?

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30 Sep 12 #358564 by confused 101
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Hi - I have found in an old file a document that would be useful to my upcoming court hearing.

It is a bank statement in his name. He knows I have all his old stuff and has never in years come to collect any documents.

Can I present it as information (proof)?
or as it is "technically" not for me should I not use it?

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30 Sep 12 #358566 by Action
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I don''t think you can use it. I sent something to my solicitor which my ex had left lying around and sent it back unread saying to ''return it from whence it came'' as it fell under the ''self help'' laws. Could you ask him to supply the document as evidence without him knowing you''ve looked at it?

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30 Sep 12 #358622 by confused 101
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Thanks for the reply - though really I wanted you to say YES !!!!

I don''t think I would be able to get him to present it as it proves what I''m saying and isn''t to his advantage.

Maybe I could ask for statements from this period to be disclosed? Though as he and his solicitor have completely ignored all my other questions, and court orders, I doubt this would get me far either.

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30 Sep 12 #358636 by Serendipity100
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You don''t say which hearing. Assume AR. Has there been voluntary disclosure up to now? Or are you at form E stage and questionnaires? Think you may have to post further details to clarify. Hope this helps

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30 Sep 12 #358649 by confused 101
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We are attending our second hearing for AR.

form E''s were completed. I have answered all questions and complied with the court order set after the first hearing.

He has not answered my questions other than sending information not asked for that doesn''t answer the question any way nor complied with the court order.

This statement would prove I''m telling the truth and he is twisting it.

Does that help? or do you need more info?

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30 Sep 12 #358660 by Serendipity100
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Just a suggestion, but why not send another questionnaire in to ex''s sol before your second hearing? Financial non disclosure can be looked at as litigation misconduct.

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30 Sep 12 #358664 by confused 101
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I had responded to the non-relpys I received and was waiting for more to hopefully come back -

Do you think it worth sending a second questionnaire specifically asking for this statement to be disclosed?

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