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PAPERWORK (FORM E) FOR MEDIATION

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05 Sep 11 #286398 by Action
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We've already had our mediation assessment meeting and I've had a call to arrange the first session. I was told at assessment meeting that it's best to take completed form E and I think my husband has arranged the date with it in mind that his will be completed by then. I would like to suggest that we exchange our Form E prior to the first session - is this reasonable? I don't want to be spending all that money in mediation just to try to work out his paperwork and likely scams for stitching me up. Would it be best to get our Form E sworn at this stage or just prior to making a settlement?

Hope someone can help.

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08 Sep 11 #286863 by Action
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Just bumping this up. Any advice gratefully received.

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09 Sep 11 #286948 by hadenoughnow
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As far as I know, there is no need to get the form E sworn if you are going through mediation. At this stage it is voluntary disclosure.
You could ask to have it in advance of the session - it would be sensible for you both to be prepared. The main thing though is that the mediator has a change to see the figures and can help you to work out your needs and priorities and how they can be funded from the available pot.
If you can agree a settlement at mediation and go for a Consent Order then you need to fill in a limited disclosure form ... D81 (?). The full form E is only used officially where there is no agreement and the courts get involved.

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