Hi, I’m due back in court 6th June for FDR. I’m Self Representing. I’ve submitted my answers to questionarre and received STBX answers to mine. STBX solicitor is preparing a bundle. My question is should I be submitting further comment on answers to questionnaire and putting forward an argument on paper or is it all ‘talked out’ at the hearing? STBX answers are more like excuses than reasons, so want to make that point really. Also his answers have given me more information about his financial situation that clarifies some points I had made, so I want to give that information too. Just wanted to check if I should add that to the bundle or will it all be explored at the hearing?
Thanks, wasn't sure if there was a defined process to follow. Couldn't really find information on it. So would I just send it to STBX solicitor to add to the bundle or should I submit to the court separately?
In my experience the whole thing is just a joke, rules are not followed.
I would do both myself, fight for yourself, get your points acknowledged by a judge that does not give a toss...it might wake him up
If the answers to the questions have revealed something that needs to be questioned further, you can submit a list of supplementary questions in a similar format to the questionnaire.
For the FDR you will also need to have prepared an offer in advance ideally and a position statement setting out what you think is fair and why. It doesn't need to be very long. You should provide a copy for the judge and for the other side.
You aren't going to get a lot of debate about evidence at FDR - this is more about seeing whether settlement can be reached based on the headline numbers - and ensuring that further disclosure is provided if necessary to help the judge at Final Hearing. If there is stuff missing, you can put together a Schedule of Deficiencies and ask the judge to order that it is produced in a fixed time frame.