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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.


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when will financial settlement take place?

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14 Jun 12 #336772 by befree2013
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a month ago i received divorce petition from court. i have signed saying that i dont defend divorce and i do not agree to allegations marked as base for divorce by ex.
do i have to file for financial settlement orders or is it going to happen later on during the course of divorce?

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15 Jun 12 #336827 by dukey
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The application for divorce only ends the marriage, nothing else.

You both need to try and agree who gets what, mediators can help if you struggle a bit, court though must be the very last resort, its takes ages and can cost a small fortune if you both use lawyers, and of course every penny you spend on lawyers is less money that you could have shared.

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15 Jun 12 #336831 by befree2013
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so the Petition (that i received and sent confirmation to the court of being received) will this end the marriage straight away without any other document to be signed?

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15 Jun 12 #336833 by hadenoughnow
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No. This gets you as far as Decree Nisi ... after which finances can be sorted and any financial agreement can be made legally binding.
After that (6 weeks post nisi)the Petitioner can apply for the Decree Absolute if they haven''t done it you as respondent can apply after 3 months.
In real life sorting the finances takes a lot longer than a few weeks unless you are in full agreement.

I suggest you have a look round the site and read up on the divorce process - there is lots of information to help you.

Hadenoughnow

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15 Jun 12 #336834 by LittleMrMike
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No, the Petition does not end the marriage, but it is the first step in a process that has that result.

There will be a provisional decree ( known in the trade as a Decree Nisi ) usually followed in about 6/8 weeks time by a Decree Absolute, which ends the marriage.

As Dukey says, the finances are separate from the process of ending the marriage, but the financial arrangements do not take effect until the Decree Absolute.

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15 Jun 12 #336835 by befree2013
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thankyou.

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