Bear in mind throughout all of this that going to Court with legal representation will be (guaranteed) an expensive option. One member wrote she spent £30k and her exH £50k to get to Final Hearing.
Negotiations between yourselves or through Mediation has to be a very serious consideration.
However if you have no other option to go to court, and you are unable to afford legal representation, the changes to Legal Aid may mean many are no longer entitled to LA. So people opt to Self Represent (become a Litigant in Person - LIP) have a read here for more information:
My advice before you do anything is research and find out all the information you can. This site is a wealth of information - check out our Guides and Library section or just use the ''Search'' function.
If you''re not sure about anything, ask here (or ask your legal representative) - sometimes friends and family are well meaning with their advice, but may not be objective and there are many misinformed beliefs out there. Better to be armed with facts.
And finally Good Luck.
PS - if anyone else has any info or resources to add, please feel free.
The first is that the benefits
scene is changing at such a pace, in particular with universal credit, that there is a danger that any information will be out of date, or very shortly will be.
The second is that information on the site must be regularly updated. This is a problem which applies particularly to information gleaned from the Internet.
Thirdly, there are two articles I wrote which you have no mentioned. They are both in the wiki library but it is hard to find them.
I have attached one of them ; the other is, how to choose a solicitor, what information he needs and how to reduce your legal costs. This is somewhere on wiki : I''ll try and find it and send another post.
About to self represent as a
petitioner and hoped you could help. You say that the ancillary relief/financials is separate to the divorce? Is it right that I progress with the actual divorce as per the guide on the website and then when the decree
nisi is granted, I apply for ancillary relief? Does this have to be resolved before the
absolute is granted or are they 2 different paths? Thanks in advance.
Yes, you need to get the divorce process (the ending of the marriage bit) underway and at the Decree Nisi stage you can apply for to Court for the financial process (if you are unable to discuss between you or via Mediation)
If either of you apply for the Decree Absolute prior to the financials being sorted you could lose out on widow/ers benefits
if the other party dies during the process. You can let the Court know that you will be financially disadvantaged if the DA is approved prior to the financials, this will delay the DA until you have a Consent Order/Court Order in place.
However if you feel you will not be financially disadvantaged, you can apply for the DA while still negotiating.