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..

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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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 A Divorce Consultant Can Help With Your Solicitor Meetings

For many people, instructing a divorce solicitor, may be their first experience of working with a solicitor. This could be a daunting prospect and it is important for the client to feel as comfortable and confident as possible with the solicitor they choose to work with.

The solicitor is a crucial member of the divorcing person’s support team during this challenging time in their life. (For information on other members I recommend for your support team, see my blog –..

How A Divorce Consultant Can Help During The Mediation Process

If you have agreed to use the family law mediation process, hopefully you are feeling fairly optimistic that with the help of the family law mediator, you and your spouse will be able to reach an amicable agreement on the financial issues(and perhaps children issues if you are using mediation for children matters).

The mediator will have explained to you both that the only people at the mediation sessions are you, your spouse and the mediator. Neither solicitor will be..

Worried About Going to Court? Here Is How A Divorce Consultant Can Help

Your legal team will have advised you on all the different options available for approaching the resolution of your family finances. (For more information on this, see my blog – How Do I Approach Getting a Financial Agreement in My Divorce).

Whilst many clients are keen to avoid going to court as they worry it will be expensive and stressful, sometimes it is the right decision to issue court proceedings.

This may be for various reasons. For example –

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How To Approach The First Meeting With Your Divorce Solicitor

Arranging to meet with your divorce solicitor for the first time can feel daunting. No one wants to find themselves in this situation and the thought of discussing the personal details of the breakdown of your marriage may feel quite uncomfortable.

However, it is crucial to obtain legal advice from a specialist family law solicitor about your situation and options. It will help you to make informed decisions about your next steps and you will have put a solicitor in..

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..