|by Mahie Abey|
All of which means I will need to re-write and check the form, and check the documents provided. Of course, this work will cost my client but without a properly completed Form E and an easily understandable schedule of documents no progress can be made with the other party.
That is because it is very important that your Form E can be followed easily by anyone acting for the other party and by your ex-partner. If not then further costs will be incurred as questions flow back and forth from one solicitor to the other. This will also delay the process. For the same reason, it is important that all the documents are clearly indexed and in the right order.
Completing Form E is not just an exercise in disclosure, it is also an opportunity to spin a case in a particular way. That does not mean a solicitor will seek to mislead, merely that they will try to put the best possible gloss on their client's position. Making sure that the Form E is presented in a way that strengthens my client's position can often lead to significant questions being asked by the other party,which can add to the costs.
Once both sides have completed their Form E, they are sent to the other party – “exchanged”.
You can read more about the whole process in the Intelligent Guide to the Divorce Process