10 Steps to help you prepare for your FDR Hearing: Advice from a divorce consultant

What is a FDR in a divorce case?

An FDR is a Financial Dispute Resolution hearing.

In short, it is a day of negotiating, with the aim of reaching a financial settlement. Also, the judge at the FDR, can give guidance on what financial settlement they would order if they were the deciding judge at the Final Hearing. This can be very helpful to assist each party to have realistic expectations for the outcome of the financial agreement, in..

Mortgages and Divorce

What happens to the family home is always a major issue for consideration in the financial settlement in a divorce. Will it be sold? Will the ownership of the property be transferred in to the sole name of one of the couple?

There are various different options available which your solicitor can advise you on.

Whether one of the couple remains living in the property post-divorce will depend on affordability and whether it is appropriate as part of the..

Pension Planning and Divorce

Pensions are always a big topic in divorce cases. After the family home, they are often the most valuable asset in the family pot. Working out how to properly value a pension for the purposes of negotiations in a financial settlement can be difficult and it is common for divorce solicitors to use a pension expert to help. 

I have had the opportunity of speaking to Andrew Potter, the Director of Pensions at Salisbury Financial Services to find out about..

Arbitration In Family Law: A Case Study

There are various different approaches available for reaching a financial settlement in divorce. For most clients, they also wish to avoid the court process if they can.

In my previous blog – Arbitration: A New Approach to Resolving Finances in Divorce, a qualified arbitrator set out what the arbitration process is.

I have now had the opportunity to interview Vanessa McMurtrie an experienced family law solicitor and partner at Hart Brown solicitors in Woking, to talk about her..

How Are Pensions Approached in Divorce?

Many of my clients describe a big concern about the uncertainty around the financial outcome of their divorce. They worry about what financial settlement they will receive and whether this will be sufficient for them to move forward with their life.

Before negotiations can begin to reach a financial settlement, the couple divorcing need to collect together full details of their financial positions. I often get asked questions about how pensions are taken in to account in a divorce.

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Getting Divorced? Don’t Forget To Consider Your Retirement Plans…

During their marriage, couples may well have discussed ideas for a joint retirement plan, perhaps agreeing at what age each will retire, and what they both want their life to be like in retirement.

Plans may have been put in place some time ago, including steps for financial planning, e.g. saving money to retire to live in the countryside etc.

Unfortunately, however, should the couple divorce, these plans will now be turned upside down. I work with clients of all..

What Are The Benefits Of Working With A Chartered Financial Planner During Divorce?

Resolving financial matters to reach a financial settlement is usually what takes the time (and costs the most money) in getting divorced.

You get one chance to get the financial agreement right, so it is well worth making sure things are done properly and you feel comfortable with the agreement reached.

There are various different options available to help you and your spouse reach an agreement, and these are covered in my blog – How Do I Approach Getting A..

How To Prepare For Your Family Law Mediation Sessions

It’s very important for you to feel as prepared as possible for your mediation sessions.

This will help with both your confidence and will keep you calm as well as ensuring that the mediation sessions are as productive as possible.

 

My top tips for preparing are as follows:

 

Make sure you have thought through how you will feel about negotiating with your spouse and talk through with your divorce coach how best to approach this and how to..

5 Tips to Save Money on Your Divorce

People getting divorced often worry that it will cost them a small fortune to get through the divorce process itself. This does not have to happen.

Whilst, unfortunately, it is likely to cost more than you wish it would, you have more control over how much you spend on your divorce, than perhaps you think you do.

There are various steps you can take to limit the money you spend, helping you to maximise the money available to divide between..

How A Divorce Consultant Can Help Your Through The Legal Process

 

The legal process can be very intimidating and confusing.

When you feel stressed it is difficult to feel confident about making big decisions and to provide your solicitor with clear instructions.

Can you relate to any of the following?

 

I am ready to embark on a divorce and need to find a good family law solicitor to represent me. I don’t know where to start looking and how I will know if I’ll feel comfortable working with that..