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FDR Hearing

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Springhasarrived Wed 10-Oct-12 22:32:55

I have this coming up in a couple of months. I am going through the most horrendous divorce (see Springaroundthecorner) and whilst I hope it will be settled on the day I am not holding out too much hope. We do have 2 hours of the judges time which I understand is good, and we have been told to be a the court an hour before the two hour time slot starts.

My question is, should an agreement be achieved on the day can it be backed out of later or is a basic agreement signed on the day? I can imagine him changing his mind or just being difficult about completing the necessary paperwork, property sales etc afterwards. Are time scales set in place? The finances are fairly complicated with two properties, a business and pensions involved. It is going to be barristers, not solicitors - his choice. I understand the notion of settling when you are nearly happy with the offer and I just want it over with so I can move on with my life but any other advice gratefully received.

Collaborate Wed 10-Oct-12 23:51:48

An agreement reached on the day is usually that day made in to a court order. No backing out. If there's no time to draw up the actual order the barristers may write out the skeleton of the agreement and have you both sign it. When this is reported to the judge and the judge agrees it, it is a done deal. Look at the case of Xyhdias (google it).

Springhasarrived Thu 11-Oct-12 08:09:21

Thanks Collaborate. I now understand why my barrister quoted not only for the 3 hours work scheduled but any time afterwards. I presume it would be for that if we go to the wire with the judges time.

I know it sounds a bit silly but the date is very close to Christmas and
it would make for a very peaceful Christmas if it gets settled. Great to know there is no backing out.

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