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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.


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17 Feb 08 #14190 by LuckyGal
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If one party was to be bloody minded & run up a huge bill while the other kept costs to a minimum would it all come out of the pot prior to settlement or would each person be responsible for their own costs from their own settlement?

My x2b is keen to run up huge bills to reduce the amount left over to share around, where as im keen to keep costs to a minimum & avoid using solicitors at all unless absolutely necessary.

Am I being a mug here or what?

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17 Feb 08 #14199 by soontobebroke
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Hi,
I would also like to know the answer to this as I am a newbie "virgin" respondent for UB where the general advice seems to be swallow your pride and dont defend. I dont mind sharing or even paying all court costs but dont want to end up paying her solicitors bills as I want to keep costs to a minimum whilst my STBX appears to fancy a McCartney/ Mills ongoing saga taking 110% of all assets!!!!
Would appreciate it if you would keep me in the loop re answers. Good luck:unsure:

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17 Feb 08 #14215 by attilladahun
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We are talking about costs of divorce only -OK

For finances rules are each side pays their own

You don't have to file an answer to defend a claim for costs

Options-if o/s on legal aid/legal help the costs are minimal anyway say £150-175
Agree a set sum as a contribution- best option

If you have to argue file with Court the Acknowledgement of service stating you accept the marriage has broken down but you are not solely to blame

Say you are not defending the proceedings only the fact you should pay all the costs of the Petitioner.

Give detailed examples of why you could have issued against spouse ansd ask the DJ to order your offered contribution...AND turn up to the Decree Nisi if the Crt has not ruled on the issue.

O/S probably wont turn up and if so DJ will not likely order any costs against you.

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17 Feb 08 #14216 by attilladahun
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If you are self repping once you know assets go and see solr for advice on offer to be made.

If difficulty in getting details of others inc also see solrs then.

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17 Feb 08 #14218 by LuckyGal
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Sorry, im still really confused. Does this mean that we are each liable for our own bills or not? & if so would this come out of our own settlements or from the pot as a whole prior to settlements? I do not wish my children to lose out should my ex2b run up huge costs.

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17 Feb 08 #14226 by attilladahun
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In financial matters Yes...only exception to that situation is if other spouse should be paying SM and doesn't do so and other spouse has to apply to Court usually the non paying spouse pays the costs.

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19 Feb 08 #14433 by LuckyGal
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So if my ex2b runs up a 30k bill it would come out of his settlement alone & not effect the amount I would receive in any way?

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