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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.


Do you need help sorting out a fair financial settlement?

Our consultant service offers expert advice and support to help you reach agreement on a fair financial settlement quickly, and for less than a quarter of the cost of using a traditional high street solicitor.


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24 Jan 18 #498999 by hadenoughnow
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Court is never nice ..

How was the question of costs left? Had they asked for the hearing to be an FDR?

Have you got a copy of the order yet? It is usual for the order to be drawn up by the solicitor if there is one .. but you should have been shown it to make sure you agreed it reflected what the judge said.

It is quite right that the judge has no power to order disclosure by a third party.

Did he succeed with the argument about the pensions? If they have been consolidated into one, he must have a paper trail of some sort. If they have been consolidated into one, it is only the CEV of this that will be relevant.

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25 Jan 18 #499033 by wikiliki
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Thank you Hadenoughnow, According to his Form G he said that he required further information so it could not be treated as an FDR and My Form G was the same. Although the appointment was listed for 30 minutes which I though was a long time as I have read posting that says that its listed 10-15 minutes.

At the end he asked for the cost of today and she said yes, I asked could I have mine and she said no it was only for the applicant. So I really don't understand. Does that mean I will have to pay him for his costs.?

I have emailed his solicitor to ask that he emails me a copy for approval prior to sending to the court.

Thank you for the PM, which services are you referring to Financial Settlement Consultant or the Wikivorce Consultant.

Thank you

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26 Jan 18 #499041 by hadenoughnow
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We have two services. Once you have enough information about the finances, you can book a financial legal consultation with one of our partner solicitors. They will go through the numbers and you needs etc and discuss what a fair outcome could be. You will get a report of the consultation. This is very helpful in helping you t decide whether to settle or stick it out to Final Hearing.

The other service is non-legal and provides support with producing paperwork, writing to the other side and generally helps steer you through the process. It may include some guidance on what may be considered fair but is not legal advice.

Give the helpline a call to discuss.

If you had both completed form G to say the hearing should not be an FDR, I would be very surprised if there was a costs order against you. In financial proceedings each party bears their own costs.

You need to see the order made at the end of the hearing.The solicitor should have shown you the draft. It may be worth contacting the court to see if it has been signed off by the judge and will be sent to you.

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26 Jan 18 #499052 by wikiliki
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I have just received a copy from his solicitor regarding the orders and the amended questionnaire, what I don't understand they have left the pensions question in but I really thought that she had thrown them out there is a couple of thing that have gone that I would have liked to stay but I can live with it. feel much better now I have seen it although I don't really understand some of the orders. They wouldn't be testing me would they? Thanks wikiliki

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