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02 May 16 #477639 by Bubblegum11
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So I am trying to get my head around the finances and preparing form E.
My ex went bankrupt in 2010 and we separated in 2011. I am beginning to suspect that he hid some assets from the TIB as he seems to have put overseas property in his mums name and still has his car and private plate etc. I think all these were probably put in his family''s name to hide them from the Bankruptcy. Surely they would have been taken if the TIB had known about them?

I don''t think he will put them on his form E either as they are not held in his name. But they are definitely his - but I have no proof.

If I am able to show they are his.. do they go into the marital pot or would they be set aside for his historic bankruptcy which should have taken them?

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02 May 16 #477641 by NORTHWESTLONDON
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Know the feeling but courts want evidence. I am exactly in the same boat and Court bills in excess of 40k so far and no nearer to settlement. His form E was a fairy tale to put it mildly but I have over the last 3 years managed to get some evidence. I presume you are going to court? If so get decent solicitor and barrister and see if you can get a decent questionnaire together asking about historic assets /bank statements etc. Private message me if you wish to.

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02 May 16 #477645 by Unctuous
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Can you approach it in an innocent way?

"When we split in 2011 I considered property X and car Y to be part of our joint matrimonial assets. Can you confirm whether they are still in your possession or, if not, show where the proceeds of the sale went?"

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02 May 16 #477646 by Bubblegum11
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Unctuous wrote:

Can you approach it in an innocent way?

"When we split in 2011 I considered property X and car Y to be part of our joint matrimonial assets. Can you confirm whether they are still in your possession or, if not, show where the proceeds of the sale went?"


That sounds great! I''ve noted it down for when I come to do the questionnaire. ;)

Can''t wait to see what creative response I get back lol.

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02 May 16 #477649 by Bubblegum11
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Thank you NWLondon.
Sounds like the questionnaire is key to catching him out. I''m one year in to this whole divorce process and hope I''m not still posting on here for advice in two years time:dry:
I can''t imagine what going through this for 3 years must be like and with those sorts of costs too.
I''m taking the direct access barrister route to save some money as I''m pretty sure my ex will push this all the way to FH.

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02 May 16 #477658 by Trolly Dolly
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Mine has been going on for 3 years too and let me tell you it''s hell on a stick. Thank goodness the end is now is sight. Sorry to be cynical but when I finally got to court for the FDR I felt the judge was more interested in finishing up for his lunch than anything else. It has all been a massive waste of time, energy and money. I came out with a dreadful settlement and my stbx form E was a pack of lies yet no one seemed to care. I probably could have got the same settlement as if I represented myself to be honest.

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02 May 16 #477665 by Bubblegum11
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Oh dear!
I always used to think the law was all about right and wrong and that it was completely black and white. But now I have discovered that the law relating to divorce is very grey and going to court is a massive gamble. I can see why so many people settle out of court, but unfortunately, not really an option for some of us.
I know I''m financially going to be worse off than I am now even if I get the outcome I want...because I will have spend thousands of pounds in legal costs:(
So it''s more about limiting your loss than winning. How depressing:(
The one good thing I can focus on is that once it''s all done I can put it behind me and move on and be in control of my life without a manipulative ex trying to pull my strings.

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