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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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Pay attention to "fixed" fees

  • esantanche
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29 Mar 16 #476117 by esantanche
Topic started by esantanche
I concluded my divorce just a few days ago.

I did almost everything myself from Petition to Decree Nisi.

The problem is that my ex used a solicitor and that the latter was sending me crazy when dealing with the Consent Order.

You know, Consent Orders are complicated, too much complicated.

So I had to find a solicitor too.

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It was a fixed fee of £450+VAT.

I ended up paying £930.

That''s because it looks like it was a fixed price unless it took longer than expected.

I am a freelance software developer.

If I quote my clients a fixed price and, at the end of the project, I want more because it took longer, I don''t last two days, you know.

Just with lawyers it''s different, they do as they want.

Just don''t believe them when they say that''s a fixed fee.

Hope that this may help someone.

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29 Mar 16 #476119 by rubytuesday
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I''m sorry you had a difficult experience.

For the record, the poster isn''t referring to the Wikivorce fixed fee services.

It sounds as though additional work was required to get your Consent Order ready - work that wasn''t within the parameters of the fixed fee service.

For future reference - always read carefully what''s included in a fixed fee service, and if you are unsure - ask. Clarity is vital.

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