My friend is in the unfortunate situation where she paid a solicitior for a divorce using borrowed money which was granted fully last year. Her ex husband never supplied a form E and her solicitor continued processing the divorce with no financial settlement. Her ex is very financially savvy and my friend suspects lots of money/ assets have now disappeared. The information I have seen around form E seems to indicate only 12 months of information is required, whereas, in this case, I would have thought the records required should go back to (for example) 6 months before my friend found out her husband cheated on her up to the day a form E is signed. My friend can not afford more solicitor's fees and does not want to borrow any more money. She is self employed and as such receives no benefits and has been unable to run her business this last year with all the goings on. Can anyone advise please?
If the matter is before the court, a judge can order the production of financial information going back further than 12 months if there is a good reason for it.
Your friend may want ti consider an application to court for financial settlement. It is perfectly possible to self represent. You may want to suggest they join the site for support and also look at our low cost services for litigants in person.