Hidden Assets & Disclosure
The English divorce court is very firm about seeking full and frank disclosure about each party’s assets.
Firstly a lengthy Form E needs to be completed with documentary evidence attached. If this is not completed fully than a questionnaire can be raised asking pertinent questions about the party’s finances and an order is made at the F.A. for this to be responded to within a certain time.
If a party fails to adequately respond to questions than they can be imprisoned although this is rare and done in extreme circumstances.
Any costs wasted at hearings can be imposed upon the other party to make them realise the seriousness of the situation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What can I claim?
There are a wide range of claims that can be made depending on your circumstances.
Please see Your Rights.
How long does it take?
If matters can be agreed than the agreement is filed with the court after the pronouncement of the Decree Nisi.
If matters proceed to court then matters could take six months to a year to settle.
How long will I pay bills and legal costs until settlement?
If you do not have an income than an application for interim maintenance can be made seeking a monthly sum to cover utilities and urgent living expenses as well as fees. The amount received depends on the other party’s income.
Will all the hidden assets/income be disclosed and taken into account?
Absolutely. Full and frank disclosure is sought before any settlement is reached. See Hidden Assets & Disclosure.
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