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Urgent advice for Financial Order 3/9/12

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02 Jul 12 #340566 by WhiteRose
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newlifeknicks wrote:

Thank you Dukey and White Rose .... Please elaborate for me...


Sorry newlife - I saw your post regarding Shades of Grey and my mind went ''off topic'' rather than attempt to describe :blush:and cause blushes, you could google ''50 shades of Grey'' if you have time.

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03 Jul 12 #340950 by Fiona
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I agree, in a case like this it is advisable to consult a lawyer. Even if you represent yourself it may be a false economy as pursing an issue when there is no chance of success can result in an order to pay the other sides'' legal costs. If claims under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 aren''t appropriate you still might be able to make claims under TOLATA (property law) or Schedule 1, Children Act 1989 if the children are to live with you. Someone who has studied the law, trained for years and works day in day out with the courts is in the best position to advise.

Although generally it is said that it is difficult to successfully prosecute financial claims more than 6 years after divorce apart from exceptional circumstances I know of a number of fairly ordinary cases when claims have been successfully made 8-10 years after divorce. In fact apart from Rossi v Rossi I''m hard pushed to remember any case where a claim was completely unsuccessful and I''d be very interested to hear of any.

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03 Jul 12 #340965 by newlifeknicks
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Thank you for explaining yourself thoughts very clearly... Your insight is very helpful Fiona

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03 Jul 12 #340967 by newlifeknicks
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I have taken advice from a solicitor. We are exchanging Financial Statement ( form E) and submitting them to court by 30th July. As I don''t know the equity amounts I am still deciding if it is worth the fight so will know by end of month what the next move is. I am considering using my solicitor in a coaching role to limit my cost if self rep ...

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04 Jul 12 #341127 by newlifeknicks
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Can anyone give me an idea what other cost I can expect if I self rep....?

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04 Jul 12 #341137 by cookie2
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Only your sanity.

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02 Sep 12 #353507 by newlifeknicks
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First appointment 3rd September 2012. Ex has not filed Financial Statement with the court. No swap of Financial info. She''s ignoring all contact. Solicitor registered with court does not appear to be representing her as I have tried calling their office to arrange exchange. Ex has attempted to put matrimonial home up for sale thru Estate agent.I have exhibits from the estate agent (photos from estate agent now for proof) I have pretended to be a potential buyer and visited house which was empty. Ex has changed job and is now working in Cambridge. She has moved into house owned by her fiancé. Plans to use equity to build / extend on fiancé house.
I know I have to attend First Appointment. Any suggestions on what I should say to court tomorrow. What should I do if ex/representative does not attend.? I have investigated requesting an emergency freezing order. Any advice from all would be greatly appreciated....

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