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What documents do I need to take?

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30 May 12 #334134 by Maureen43
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I have my first solicitor''s appointment in a few weeks to kick off divorce.

Are there any documents I can take to speed things up?

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30 May 12 #334137 by dukey
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If its just a divorce all you really need is the marriage certificate and the address of your soon to be ex spouse.

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30 May 12 #334174 by Crumpled
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hi maureen you will need your marriage certificate and my solicitor asked me to bring proof of my identitiy ie passport/driving licence and a utility bill
also take the address of where your stbx is living ..........just so you can complete the paperwork.....
good luck with all of this

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30 May 12 #334176 by Maureen43
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Thank you both.

Original marriage certificate or photocopy?

Do you think I should try and get the house valued before I go too? (as clearly that is relevant to our financial settlement)

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30 May 12 #334181 by dukey
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It needs to be the original copy.

If it''s the money side as well then you will probably be asked to complete form E.

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30 May 12 #334200 by Crumpled
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hi maureen my solicitor has asked me to make a list of my outgoings so that i can apply for the Ancillary Relief thing so it might be worth taking a list of how much your income and outgoings are with you ...

i hope that helps my solicitor has emailed me the divorce forms and the forms for the children etc i have just filled them in and they are reasonably straightforward so to save time and money it may be worth asking or downloading them prior to your meeting my solicitor was particularly concerned i complete the form for the children as she said she can sign the Petition form for me but wanted me to complete a draft copy so that she could get the proper one typed up.

after you have given the forms to your solicitor mine told me she will write to my stbx sending him a copy of the petition giving him 14 days to respond before sending the petition to the court i believe this is standard protocol and she advised me in some instances this can be reduced to seven days.....
thats as much as i know at the moment i have completed my forms but i am too scared or perhaps still deluding myself at the moment but i know in my heart i will be submitting them just sad about ending a 30 year relationship

good luck maureen

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