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Hello, thank you for the question.
I am a UK qualified lawyer and happy to help.
Is the hearing on 14th December the FDR? What was the outcome of the last hearing?
Hi, thanks for that.
I presume you are the respondent and your wife has petitioned?
Normally the judges encourage the parties to agree finances and only involve the court if necessary. The Form E obviously gives a snapshot of your assets and liabilities (same with your Wife) so that the court can, if needed, make an order for settlement. I realise it is a chore although I would recommend complying as if your Wife does comply and you do not, she will ask the Court to make an order that you do comply. The FDR would be a wasted exercise if you did not provide the documents and your Wife could seek costs of attending (with her solicitor or barrister - or both).
Is there any chance of avoiding the FDR and agreeing finances with her?
You can do, yes, as the FDR would be a wasted exercise if you can't gather the necessary documents in time.
Most cases do settle at the FDR (the judges encourage it).
Is it that you need to gather evidence for your own assets (e.g. cash equivalent value for your pension)?
Yes, it is normal for questions to be raised of transactions and destinations of monies, etc.
Unfortunately it is a necessary task and if you think of it in terms of helping the court make a decision. It should also ensure a settlement hopefully at the forthcoming FDR. For the transactions you do not have to go in to any great detail, just a brief explanation. It should be straight-forward if there are no children and the fact you have a state pension. The CETV of the state pension should be obtained and they will be accustomed at dealing with these requests.
Have you a lawyer yet (to attend the FDR with you)?
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Her solicitor needs to act in her best interests and if a settlement is possible, her solicitor should advise her accordingly - if she refuses to engage in settlement talks, she can be penalised in costs by the Judge.
You asked me what the likely action is if you do nothing - I am sure that I set this out above?