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Anybody with a Form E version that can be edited?

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21 Mar 08 #17359 by ByeByeLove
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I need to fill in a form E. But the one I downloaded is a pdf file that you can't edit and save on the laptop. You have to fill it in in one go and print it out. Obviously, not practical!!

Do I have to upgrade the adobe version I have?

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21 Mar 08 #17364 by attilladahun
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Link to form E in Word

www.familylawweek.co.uk/library.asp?i=219

Hope that helps:)

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21 Mar 08 #17371 by ByeByeLove
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Thanks, starting on the numbers now.

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21 Mar 08 #17377 by sexysadie
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I couldn't get Attilla's link to work but even if you do, you might still have the same problem. The version of form E that can be edited is written in a program called Hotdocs, which solicitors use. I got my solicitor to send me a hotdocs version and then downloaded a hotdocs reader from the Internet. It allowed me to edit and save my form E and saved a lot of solicitor secretarial time.

Sadie

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23 Mar 08 #17472 by ByeByeLove
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Thanks. I managed to download Attila's word version but it is difficult to edit. I downloaded adobe professional (took ages) and have a 1 month trial version. But I doubt I'll be done editing in 1 month. I'll try the hotdocs route as well.

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23 Mar 08 #17491 by sexysadie
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In my experience the hotdocs version works more or less perfectly. You may have to get it from a solicitor, though. It is quite complicated as if you have a lot of things to list in one of the sections it makes addenda. I couldn't get my second pension to add properly in this way but my solicitor's secretary said that they also have this problem so maybe it is generally a bit clunky.

You can get hotdocs versions of any of the court forms. It is worth getting your solicitor to email them to you so you can check them through and correct any inaccuracies. In my case they had got my husband's name mis-spelt the first time through, which would have been a bit of a problem.

Sadie

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23 Mar 08 #17505 by Elizabeth
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Hi,

I went to the library, logged into a website called divorce aid and I managed to fill in the form E on line and print it out. It's a lot of work (not the filling in of the Form E) but the added docs that have to be photcopied to go with it, it will save you A LOT OF MONEY doing this yourself - no legal advice needed - just follow the instructions of the Form E.

When you are happy that you have completed the form E and the attachments to it go to a court to get it sworn in. If a solicitor does it it will cost you five pounds (get it sworn in as a whole document not the attachments separate)/

Important!! One solicitor I went to was going to charge me 2 pounds for each page sworn in!! This would have been a total waste of money and the court would not have seen it any differently!!

Do not fret about the form E. It seems daunting and I was scared still of missing something in case I committed perjery! Worry not, as long as you are honest and enclose as much supportive evidence as possible (not too much as you will be charge for each page your solicitor has to read./check etc..). Keep it simple but most of all honest disclosure.

First appointment. Unless you can reach an agreement - represent yourself. FDR - unless you can see a way to reach an agreement and draw up a Consent Order - represent yourself. At the Final Hearing, if it gets to that - have a barrister represent you and make sure you give as much info as possible that will help your case.

Whatever you do - look up the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 - DO NOT IGNORE ANY OF THESE POINTS MADE IN THIS ACT - every court/judge in the land will use these as the basis for their case... ignore these at your peril!!

Hope this helps Let me know how you get on! (PLEASE!)

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