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Divorce - has anyone seen a barrister before deciding to go to court?

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bobs Mon 31-Mar-14 20:02:26

I went to see my solicitor today after getting my soon to be Ex's financial proposals for settlement. (Our decree nisi was granted last week on the basis of a 2 yr separation.)

Apparently his solicitor is a "combative solicitor" and he's started the ball rolling by asking for 90% of the proceeds of the house we have just sold. There's a lot more to it, basically involving money that I have inherited before, during and after we separated (though the date of separation is a matter of opinion!).

Anyway My solicitor has suggested that we see a barrister who specialises in this sort of thing before we proceed with our reply and I don't really understand why. My solicitor is a qualified arbitrator so I would have thought he'd be able to come up with a good enough suggestion for settlement - or is it that he realises it will got to court and needs to know how the court would probably settle things?

BTW both our solicitors are apparently the best in this area - not just picked out of the phone book!

Any suggestions gratefully received...

bobs Mon 31-Mar-14 21:10:32


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