The courts use a process of two hearings at which point the majority of people will settle. They have the option of carrying on to a third hearing but most do not. The court will accept an application and then issue a letter giving you dates by which time certain information is exchanged between the parties. The purpose initially, is to see just how much money is available from the marriage. So they will be looking at house values, savings, pensions, and anything of value. The court know that parties will never agree about anything, and so they take both sides information and in the first hearing look at how to get agreement on what wealth has been accumulated.
The system has been in place for many years, and the Judge presiding over the hearing will understand all too well that often the person with the most to ‘lose’ will hide money and the person with the most to ‘gain’ will exagerate the wealth. The Judge will have represented people themselves before they became a Judge and they know exactly how these things work.
The documentsthat need to be provided give both sides the opportunity to delve into the truth and try to provide the court with the full picture. It will be your responsibility to find issues with the other sides disclosure which they will also do to you, so it is usually important to get advice and support in this process.
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I am Simon Walland and I am offering these services to show and explain how you can represent yourself in the family courts with confidence. Understand the procedure and what is expected of you to get the solution you are seeking I have been a McKenzie Friend since 2003 and have been in thousands of hearings at all levels of court. I have a Law Degree and was Called to the Bar as a Barrister in 2010. My experience includes teaching Law Students, McKenzie Friends and anybody representing themselves in the Courts since 2012. I have also provided specialist training courses to Domestic Abuse charities, Universities and various Support Groups and have been able to help several thousand people in that time.