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Example Of An S25 Statement

If you're asked to submit an S25 statement for a final hearing, this template may help you.

An s25 narrative statement sets out your position in detail. It should relate to s25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.
Keep your statement factual and to the point.When a court orders statements dealing with Section 25 criteria it seeks that each party set out their case ­­based on various factors that the court has determined to be important. These would include age, earning ability, pension entitlement, life expectancy, care of children etc.

1. Applicant/Respondent
2. [name]
3. [statement number]
4. Made: [date signed]
IN THE ***** FAMILY COURT CASE NO: ******
B E T W E E N :-
****
Applicant
- and -
****
Respondent
SECTION 25 STATEMENT OF
****


I, ****, [address], will say as follows:-
1. I am the Applicant/Respondent in this matter, and I make this statement pursuant to the directions given by the Court to set out my case in respect of the criteria set down by Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.


2. I will attempt to address each of the criteria in turn as set out in the Matrimonial Causes Act [and as advised to me by my solicitor] (delete as applicable).
(a) The income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources which each of the parties to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future, including in the case of earning capacity any increase in that capacity which it would in the opinion of the Court be reasonable to expect a party to the marriage to take steps to acquire.


3. I am employed as a [status] for [company]. I have a gross annual income from this employment [including allowances of …] of approximately £****.

4. This produces a net income after deduction of tax and national insurance of approximately £**** or £**** per month.


5. I also receive other income as follows [details] of £*** net per annum or £*** per month.

6. I am working full/part time, working **** hours and I would submit to this Honourable Court that I am maximising my earning capacity. I have no other sources of income.

7. [spouse’s name] does/does not currently work [details including possible earning capacity if this can be increased].

8. [spouse’s name] therefore expect to achieve income of £*** per annum for a full time position. I believe this is eminently achievable although I further accept that part time work supplemented by tax credits may be an option.

9. I estimate that child maintenance for [name of children if any] will be in the region of £*** per annum giving [spouse’s name] a net income at that stage of approximately £****.

10. I would have a reduced net income after payment for [name of children] of approximately £*** per annum.

11. In respect of our property and other financial resources and updating schedule of assets will no doubt be produced in advance of the final hearing but in summary [spouse’s name] and I have shares, savings and investments between us of approximately £*** (although these assets may have been further diminished sadly by legal fees).

12. Virtually all of this capital arose from the [details]. (b) The financial needs, obligations and responsibilities which each of the parties to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future.

13. There are [no.] Children of the marriage between myself and [spouse] namely [names and dates of birth of children].

14. The children reside with [details of residence and contact].

15. I also have [details of other children from other relationships, dates of birth etc.].

16. [details of schooling for children and costs if any]

17. [details of funding for children for the future if any]

18. In respect of the housing needs of myself and [spouse] these are equal/unequal [give reason for either proposition].

19. [detail any agreement in relation to housing needs]
(c) The standard of living enjoyed by the family before the breakdown of the marriage.

20. We had a good standard of living during the marriage [if this is the case – detail any information relevant to the ongoing funding and difficulties/changes that may effect this]
(d) The age of each party to the marriage and the duration of the marriage

21. I was born on the *** and I am therefore ** years old. The Petitioner was born on the *** and is therefore ** years old.

22. The Petitioner and I were married on the *** and we separated in ***. This is therefore a short/medium/long length marriage of some 4/10/25 years [adjust as required]
(e) Any physical or mental disability of either of the parties to the marriage.

23. Both the Petitioner and I are in good health to the best of my knowledge and belief as are our children. [adjust as necessary]

The contributions which each of the parties has made or is likely in the foreseeable future to make to the welfare of the family, including any contribution by looking after the home or caring for the family.

24. [details of businesses, employment etc during the marriage and prior to the marriage]

25. In respect of future contributions, I believe that both myself and [spouse] have a significant future contribution to make to the care and upbringing of our children. [adjust or delete as applicable]

26. Finally, I do not believe the issue of conduct is applicable in this matter and nor is there any entitlement that a party will lose the chance of acquiring as a result of the divorce that is relevant in any way.

27. I trust the matters set out herein are of assistance to this Honourable Court. I declare that to the best of my knowledge and belief the contents of this my statement are true and I understand that it may be placed before the court.

Signed

Dated

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Solicitor making a meal of financial settlement when both parties actually have nothing so the Judge stated at the directive hearing. My son has a very small business premises which his ex-spouse is living in and she has managed over the last year to get an occupation order to stay, however the Judge has now not allowed this to continue. Out of good will my son has allowed her to stay there until settlement but this is impacting on his ability to earn as he doesn't wish to go near her. Ex-wife has a been granted a Court Order to take their daughter 4yrs home to Hungary but she is trying to get money from my son who doesn't have much! He now is suffering with mental health issues as this is going on far too long. He has made two offers but she is refusing both and asking for more than his ability to pay! He is now back home living with us, wish us luck making our case.
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