A well respected, award winning social enterprise
Volunteer run - Government and charity funded
We help 50,000 people a year through divorce

01202 805020

Mon/Fri 9am-6pm       Sat/Sun 2pm-6pm
Call for FREE expert advice & service info


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.


Do you need help sorting out a fair financial settlement?

Our consultant service offers expert advice and support to help you reach agreement on a fair financial settlement quickly, and for less than a quarter of the cost of using a traditional high street solicitor.


At what point to use direct access barrister.

  • Siggi Johnson
  • Siggi Johnson's Avatar Posted by
  • Premium Member
  • Premium Member
More
13 Oct 16 #484584 by Siggi Johnson
Topic started by Siggi Johnson
Hi

Quick circs

Got Nisi, exchanged form E and questionnaires voluntarily.

Received letter from court saying exchange form Es, statement of issues etc in about 4 weeks.

First court hearing is in about 8 weeks.

I am seriously considering a direct access barrister for the final hearing as I anticipate it will go that far. Money is tighter than tight and going to have to get a credit card to pay.

The initial fee is £200 for them to look at it,

Would people go for advice before I send form E and stuff or after the first hearing. When I have the questionnaire

Any advice greatly appreciated I honestly don't think I could have got this far without this brilliant forum
Siggi

  • Bubblegum11
  • Bubblegum11's Avatar
  • Moderator
  • Moderator
More
13 Oct 16 #484595 by Bubblegum11
Reply from Bubblegum11
Hi Siggi,
I'm afraid it's me again:blush:
As before, I'm happy to share my own personal experience and opinion.

I think a lot will depend on the nature of your case. I will be going to FDR around the time you will be having your FA. I used a direct access barrister for the FA and am debating if I should for the FDR, but will most definitely have one for the FH at the end.

In my case there are a few complex issues to address involving STBX's bankruptcy and his financial conduct. I felt it was important to make a clear case for conduct early on in the proceedings which is why I had DA Barrister representation at the FA (also because I was a nervous wreck!) :blush:

Have you had any legal input yet at all? I think having an initial consultation is generally a good idea especially if judgement is clouded by emotions. It will give you an indication of the strengths and weaknesses of your case, help you manage your expectations and maybe have a clearer idea when negotiating terms. As long as you are prepared to put in some work preparing for the hearings and have the confidence to speak up in court, you shouldn't need representation at either FA or FDR. So if funds are tight, save your money for the FH - this is when it really pays to have a barrister.

Best of luck!
B

  • me449
  • me449's Avatar
  • Elite Member
  • Elite Member
More
16 Oct 16 #484708 by me449
Reply from me449
Hi Siggi

As Bubblegum says it depends on the circumstances but I think what you're saying is sensible and is exactly what I'll be doing. Final hearing only, these guys don't come cheap!!

If you haven't already I would consider using the Wikivorce solicitors to flesh out a reasonable financial advice settlement after you are in possession of all of the financial facts of the other party. It's a couple of hundred quid well spent.

Good luck

ME449

  • Siggi Johnson
  • Siggi Johnson's Avatar Posted by
  • Premium Member
  • Premium Member
More
16 Oct 16 #484732 by Siggi Johnson
Reply from Siggi Johnson
I've not considered wickivorce solicitors, how do you go about getting a wicki solicitor, you say it's a couple of hundred quid, the initial direct access appointment is 200 so not sure what the wicki team could do more , is it a telephone or in person. Sorry I've not really considered this option before !

Thanks for the help

  • me449
  • me449's Avatar
  • Elite Member
  • Elite Member
More
16 Oct 16 #484733 by me449
Reply from me449
You can email them using the links on this site or call the Wikivorce helpline and they'll point you in the right direction. In my case it was a phone call where I gave them all of the facts and they advised me of what would be 'potentially' a fair offer. If this is what the direct access barrister is offering though then that seems reasonable.

Anytime

  • vanilla30
  • vanilla30's Avatar
  • Premium Member
  • Premium Member
More
30 Nov 16 #486201 by vanilla30
Reply from vanilla30
Have you been to the CAB?

THey can refer cases to the pro bono barristers if your case fits certain criteria.

It's worth checking out.

Best of luck

  • Siggi Johnson
  • Siggi Johnson's Avatar Posted by
  • Premium Member
  • Premium Member
More
30 Nov 16 #486227 by Siggi Johnson
Reply from Siggi Johnson
I've not come across CAB I will look into it, thanks for the advice
Siggi

Moderators: wikivorce teamrubytuesdaydukeyhadenoughnowTetsSheziLinda SheridanForsetiMitchumWhiteRoseLostboy67WYSPECIALBubblegum11