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28 Mar 12 #320421 by buzyizzy
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I fully completed my form E a year ago, but as we are now going to court so that spouse will have to reveal his, am I correct in assuming all my bank statements etc need to be up to date as at today? My form E has already been submitted to spouse''s solicitor, but as we have had a long delay and I am now acting for myself as my solicitor seemed to be getting nowhere and I couldn''t afford her fees to take him to court.

Having just read the Financial Order leaflet, do I have to attend a mediation meeting, given that spouse is 700 miles away and not replying to any letters my ex-solicitor sent. Would I be excused?

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28 Mar 12 #320443 by dukey
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form E should be kept up to date, if its more than a year old then often it needs to be completed again.

Bank statements need to be up to date at the time of the first appointment, as do credit card statements.

mediation is not required but a mediation assessment is, if mediation is refused by one partie or fails the mediator provides a certificate that allows court to help.

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28 Mar 12 #320560 by buzyizzy
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Thank you very much. I spoke to a local mediation office today and I''ve got an appt next Tuesday, but I''ve explained the circumstances so she agrees mediation is unlikely to work in my circumstances so I''ve got 1/2 hour for assessment, then she will sign the form to be sent to the court with Form A. I will start to collect all my bank and savings statements soon.

Thanks again.

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19 Apr 12 #325018 by buzyizzy
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Have received my first court date six weeks from now, so presumably the best bet is to do a completely new form E. Is that all I will need for now? I may make a start on all the other forms as well though.

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