Hello Clare, I have only just seen your response, I assumed it would come into my email, but it didn't. It was not a Final Hearing. It was very rushed by the judge and we were urged to agree a settlement to avoid incurring costs of the Final Hearing. We were constantly being called in to see if we'd made progress with little input from the judge. As I said, nothing came out in relation to the discrepancies with my husbands finances, the judge did not seem prepared to listen and had already told us she had to leave early! As I said, my husband gave no indication he was purchasing a property, in fact saying he would be renting! I did feel under pressure to agree the terms to avoid further court costs so yes, I agreed even though I was incredibly unhappy my husbands financial status had not even been discussed, which I think would have put a completely different spin on the outcome.
I would appreciate you coming back to me as soon as possible as I have to sign off on the court order asap.
Clare, I am endeavouring to get clarification of the house purchase. I understand my husband is moving in over the next few weeks. I assume if at the time of him completing his Form E he had no financial interest as such in the property he is purchasing there is no recourse? It is devastating that we agreed in mediation for him to provide a small mortgage on a property for myself and the children which he then went back on, refusing to provide us with a mortgage, then he goes and buys a house himself. He is safeguarding the equity he received from the sale of our home, whilst I was not left with enough to purchase a property and will realistically in two years have little left of the funds I have and be homeless. The judge on the day really did little to safeguard the welfare of our children.