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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

What does the law say about how to split the house, how to share pensions and other assets, and how much maintenance is payable.

What steps can we take to reach a fair agreement?

The four basic steps to reaching an agreement on divorce finances are: disclosure, getting advice, negotiating and implementing a Consent Order.

What is a Consent Order and why do we need one?

A Consent Order is a legally binding document that finalises a divorcing couple's agreement on property, pensions and other assets.


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21 May 12 #332027 by Horlicks1
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My partner and his awful ex wife are having an old court order varied as he can''t afford to pay her the ridiculous amounts he''d previously agreed to. He''s about to go to the courts to declare himself bankrupt but we wasn''t sure if we should do that before the court hearing or after??

Anyway that aside, she''s come back with questions from his form E wanting MY bank statements and a P60, this has nothing to do with me and I have no intentions of being held formally responsible for paying for his and her kids. Do I have to provide my statements and a P60?? :(

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21 May 12 #332030 by jonathancj
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Tell him in the clearest way that there''s no chance you''ll give him them. Most judges will say that there''s nothing they can do about that. It''s no part of your job in life to pay maintenance to her.

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21 May 12 #332035 by Horlicks1
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Really!!! Can the courts not demand this? Oh please say this is the case - I really can not believe what kinda woman she is to think I should be responsible!!

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21 May 12 #332039 by vivi36
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ummmmmmm, tbh I would do exactly the same if my ex tried to vary ours. In my opinion they have 2 incomes. BUT! every case is different.

Good news is I thought the process was to exchange form E''s, ask Q''s and wait to be ordered by a Judge to answer them. I thought no one had to answer anything unless ordered to do so. But on the flip side of that if you don''t then you have another court case to go to.

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21 May 12 #332043 by Horlicks1
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Ah right so what you are saying is we shouldn''t answer her questions until told to do so by the courts?

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21 May 12 #332044 by Horlicks1
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I hear what you are saying about there being two incomes but why should I pay for her and her children? Surely that''s for him to pay not me??

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21 May 12 #332053 by Fiona
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You won''t be paying for your partner''s ex or his children. Your income is relevant in that you should be paying towards your household''s living costs, thus reducing your partner''s expenditure and increasing *his* ability to pay maintenance.

As far as disclosure is concerned the court is asking your partner to disclose your finances so if he doesn''t your financial position he can''t disclose. It''s unlikely the court would order a new partner produce documents unless there is evidence that someone is diverting their income to a new partner or they run a business together etc.

However, without your finances being disclosed a judge may assume you are contributing a figure, say 50% of your household costs, and make an order to reflect that.

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