Does anyone know, whilst I'm waiting to hear from legal rep, if I were to contest the divorce successfully and the Decree Nisi was not granted, does ancillary relief still proceed with regard to the separation.
Also, the divorce would still be likely to happen in 2-5 years time on grounds of separation, would any financial settlement be likely to increase as the "marriage" lengthens despite separation being clearly established as the future grounds for divorce. (I do not do the lottery and can make a will shortly.)
I think the ancillary relief is a separate issue Divwiki - you should be able to pursue this now as the settlement could increase over the time until your divorce depending on equity in the home rising and the values of pensions etc.
sorry I think I gave you wrong info re separate issue!
I've found this - hope its helpful
Another preliminary point worth mentioning is that no court order regulating the financial issues can be made final before Decree Nisi. It is only after that point a court can make an order - even if it is a "consent" order which embodies an agreement which has been reached between husband and wife and turns it into a court order. There is also no time limit thereafter (although some rights might be lost on remarriage) during which the court must make an order settling the financial issues. Indeed, it might take very much longer to resolve the financial issues than it takes to obtain the divorce and so the final agreement (or order) may not be reached until after Decree Absolute - and sometimes long after.
Hope you're okay..
My solicitor has applied to the court for 'maintenance pending suit'....You are kind enough to post comments on my blog, so I think you know a little of my situation.... it is quite different to yours, but the maintenance pending suit thing is a common thread....
As far as my solicitor has advised me it is when the court can order (if it sees fit) for maintenance to paid to one or other of the spouses (generally the lower paid spouse).... but she also told me there has to be a substantial difference in incomes before this might be granted (as is so in my case).... it seems that it is something that can be awarded way before a nisi is granted... a sort of 'emergency measure' (I think that was the term she used in my case) that is granted to 'allow' the spouse to 'survive' financially while the divorce is in process...
Thanks, Karen. Hope you are ok too and your ex still can't get in!
Following Karen's solicitor's point, does anyone know if Maintenance Pending Suit would continue to be awarded long term? For example, if the divorce failed at Decree Nisi would MPS continue to be paid until the next divorce petition which would likely to be at the 2 or 5 year stage of separation?
What I am trying to work out here is, rather like a recent female poster on this site, is it in my financial interests to non-contest the ridiculous grounds for divorce of a short-term marriage and await the next divorce petition in a few years when she has found somebody else to fleece?
I'm advised that lengthening the marriage would enlarge the settlement, is there a formula for this when there are no children or property and my pension is already being paid to me? Also does not Separation count as a consideration in that calculation? Lots of questions there; if anyone can help on any of them it would give me a direction of questioning to take with my solicitor.