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Skeleton argument - how to write one.

You do the usual court header, with Skeleton Argument of the Applicant (or Respondent depending which you are)

And then you do subheadings which are:

Background -

this only has to be a paragraph or two, and should be the ages of the parties,the ages of the children, the length of the marriage etc.

Applicable Law -

this is Section 25 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (as amended) and a list of any case law you are using;

The Argument -

This is the main body, and which is where you set out what you think should happen and why. In mine, I quite often insert section 25 MCA and give a paragraph on each subsection as to how that has an effect. You can download the section 25 criteria here:

statuelaw.gov.uk

Summary -

This is where you summarise your case, and the final paragrah should be along the lines of:

Accordingly the Applicant (or Respondent, if that is you) seeks the following order:

And then set out the order, in money terms, that you seek, i.e.

A lump sum of £50,000 to the Applicant;

Transfer of the matrimonial home to the Applicant;

A 50% pension sharing order of the XYZ pension numbered 123;

Transfer of the ABC policy numbered 124 to the Respondent

etc etc.

Tips on writing a skeleton argument for final hearing (ancillary relief)

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