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Final divorce hearing looming , what to expect?

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02 Sep 07 #2742 by Sera
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Quick warning re: Court Bundles:

Downbutnotout: You'd said that you 'selected' only a few of your hundreds of bank statements. Warning! If you do not include ALL of your statements (so what if it's 100's of pages! My ex-husbands court bundle was 990 pages)...

If you do not include ALL pages, the other side could conclude that you are trying to HIDE activities re: finances. On one hand you're saying she took 5k out, but they could state you're hiding transactions by not disclosing all. You could supply all, but hi-light the ones with the relevent bits about your contribution.

I overlooked just one credit card statement, (I'd lost it, the bank wanted £10 for a copy, and I just didn't bother).. of the 990 pages on file, they used that one solitary statement to accuse me of all sorts!

It'll be seen as you being fully frank and honest in the long run.

Just a caution. :side:

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02 Sep 07 #2743 by cavegirl
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Thanks Sera, that is so reassuring. Was even getting neurotic about him seeing all my bank ststements and credit card statements for the last year through form E. I know it sounds stupid, but I feel like I have been able to protect myself and move on from him in the last two years.

It's just the thought of him prying into my life, that I don't like. Also, I have a few cash payments put into my account that were through selling a few things in my house as I needed some cash, though I have no paperwork for them as they were second hand sales. I have even thought he might be suspicious about these and think that I have another source of income when I don't whatsoever. I hate the thought that he might try to put a spin on things just to make me look bad.

I also have a couple of credit statements missing form a year ago...no idea where they went. This is what I find so hard. I now feel under pressure to prove that I paid for things say ten years ago, when I haven't got the paperwork to prove it. I had a clear out with a shredder at one point, not anticipating that I would need them years later. Or am I just being totally paranoid?

Is paranoia a 'normal' reaction to the divorce process?:blink:

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29 Nov 08 #69269 by phoenix2b
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Can sonmeone help clarify what information goes into the following for a Final hearing next week-
Position Statement
summary of of order or directions
Pratice Direction
Section 25 statement
Further Dsclosure
Statement of Issues
Skeleton Arguements
Summary of background

I am not sure if some are just repeats-many thanks

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29 Nov 08 #69383 by phoenix2b
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I have the Pratice Directions--what I need is an explanation of what information I need to include under the different headings

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