me and my stbx had, or so i thought, agreed how the finances should be split between ourselves. but now he has completely changed his mind and said he wants to go down the route of filling in form E's. he seems to think that i am responsible for credit card bills and debts that he has run up since we have been seperated.
So i have two questions really, 1 Will i be held responsible for his personal debt since seperation, and 2 how long can i expect the whole process of financial disclosure and reaching a descision to take.
Completely fed up with the whole process and just want to get on with my own life now.
The form E disclosure will, if answered honestly, provided all the information, finacial and otherwise, for disclosure at a court hearing. His debts and your debts will be listed in the Form E. He will have to argue and prove that the debts run up since separation are joint debts. I tend to think he will not win this one.
You both will be asked to provide bank and credit card statments as evidence, and you will be able to look at each others, to settle any joint debt issues.
Have a look at a form E which I think you can get from the RESOURCES section.
The first hearing, will take place after the form E's have been exchanged and both parties have had a reasonable time to investigate and make notes on, At the first hearing basic guidelines will be set out by the DJ and the sols, may ask for further information and evidence.
A new date will be set for what is known as the FDR, were hopefully any offers of settlement can be ratified and finalised. If no agreement is reached then you will go to a Final Hearing where the DJ will make the decision based on all circumstances including the form E.
This process could easily take up to a year or more.