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12 Jun 07 #734 by Louise11
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Hi blessingindisguise.

I think the only way for you to go now they refuse the voluntary disclosure route is.....The form E route, this is a financial form you both fill in, (seperately) and it has specific information that needs to be filled in....i.e....12 months bank statements, all assets and debts need to be in there, how many children ect, ect....i dont beleive its of any difference to you if you have already given the information voluntary,in fact maybe its best to File form E, that way you both comply with order of the court, and there are timeframes that you have to adhere to.

Dont stress about it "blessing" its not worth it and it may turn out the best all round.

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Just to add, you couldnt be at form E level if voluntary disclosure is where you were at, Form e is the document that has to be filed at court by a certain date. Maybe it will help us understand exactly where you are at and at what stage, so we can help more by posting a blog, that way we can answer you in there and get a better understanding of your case. ;)

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13 Jun 07 #761 by blessingindisguise
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Hi Louise II

Thanks so much for your advice. As a point of correction, I have provided my solicitor with all the necessary information to fill in form E as we and ex to be's solicitor had initially agreed to a voluntary disclosure. I believe we were still going to exchange Form Es as well. Now that we are taking the court route, it makes it easier for me. I know the mediation route will never work given his violent and deceitful nature. besides the court route, could there be other ways in which he can be made to produce the relaevant information and progress issues?

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14 Jun 07 #780 by pinkfish
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Hi blessingsindisgiuse,

Sounds like we have had similar things to deal with. Police involved in mine but as he was one of them the case got no where they closed ranks. Anyway I went the court route and I am awaiting the absolute any time now. In my case it was the best way as the court has disclosure deadlines etc so things do progress. When the absolute comes it will have taken six months from getting the nisi. I don't know how it will be worked out in your case as you say you are earning more then him. My case was he worked i cared for the family. I got the house, endowments, no sm(don't want to have @support' from him),and a share of the pension. Family car was in my name anyway, sold that got smaller one and useing left over cash to cover mortgage till i get a job.
By the way I did go to women's aid and they are brilliant! there is nothing they haven't heard/dealt with and can put you in touch with others to help you. I found my solicitor through them.
Take care,
Pinkfish

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14 Jun 07 #785 by ambeljazz
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My partners (soon to be ex wife) is the petitioner and the Decree Nisi was granted on the 18th July 2006. Since then we've had nothing but delay tactics - she refuses to discuss finances but says she wont proceed with the divorce until the finances are settled, keeps dragging her feet with everything and now wants to stay with the status quo for as long as possible.... anyway,
I believe that my partner (as the respondant) can apply for the Decree Absolute as more than 3 months have passed since the Nisi was granted but after reading these postings I'm concerned this could be detrimental to him financially?

Any advice would be gratefully received!

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14 Jun 07 #786 by Dockley
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Hi Ambeljazz,
Same boat here with my soon to be ex
The problem with him applying for the absolute is that it prob wont be granted.
As it's not run its course normally and that petitioner has not applied for it, I beleive that this is automatically a "red flag" to the judge and therefore when its realised that financial issues are still not resolved it will be unlikely that it will be granted to the respondent.
This is my own understanding of it as I too am the respondent, got nisi in Aug 2006 and now goin to court for financial so that we can get the absolute. I haven't applied for absolute because of this.
Hope this helps, although I'm not 100% sure im correct on this, check with your sols:)

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14 Jun 07 #797 by blessingindisguise
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Hi Guys

thanks for all your responses. Spoke with sol today who suggested, like you all suggested, to wait it out with the absolute until finances are resolved or until we have gained ground with the whole process. Now issuing proceedings cause x2b has gone into hiding and is not instructing his new sols. hopefully this will drag him out of his hiding hole and make him cooperate more. wish me luck. will keep you posted.

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15 Jun 07 #813 by vanessa
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my ex also threatend to go court over absolute so rang a solicitor who adviced me to go ahead with it as i had a pension to protect and he had nothing. hope that was good advice.

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