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30 Jul 12 #346134 by jerseygirl100
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Hi can anyone give me a rough idea of costs from getting to first appointment to FDR if using a solicitor,


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30 Jul 12 #346136 by Reddit
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Cost me about 5K all up including barrister for FDR and fannying about for year before I started Ancillary Relief proceedings.

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30 Jul 12 #346137 by somuch2know2
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If both parties agree you can turn the first hearing into an FDR and save you both a considerable amount.

First hearing costs about 5K, going to FDR and including FDR will cost around 5-10K depending on expense of solicitor and barrister-

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30 Jul 12 #346140 by jerseygirl100
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Other party in divorce has declared they are not happy to turn first appointment into FDR. Could this decision be reversed on the day?

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30 Jul 12 #346143 by somuch2know2
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Only if both parties agree... BUT if they refuse for it to be an FDR than I would save yourself a few thousand quid and self-rep. It sounds as if they have no intentions of negotiating and throwing out offers.

I went fully prepared to mine with both solicitor and barrister in hopes of turning it into and FDR- other side point blank refused and it was a wasted day and 5K for me.

Save you artillery for the FDR.

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30 Jul 12 #346145 by QPRanger
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Agree 100% with somuch: if the other party is playing up then it will probably go to a final hearing: I wish I had not bothered with a barrister at all but he was a complete waste of money for the FDR....

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30 Jul 12 #346149 by jerseygirl100
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Is there a possibility that the other party has no intention to going to FDR at all, there really is not much capital to argue over in the first instance. Could it be that the ex just wants the case to be seen by the judge in order for there to be a opinion of possible settlement. Ex is using a sol whilst other party is self repping and has been from the beginning of divorce process.

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