|Mahie Abey, Family Solicitor|
- Outside the Court process - within the voluntary disclosure system, where you agree to provide disclosure by exchanging Forms E with each other. You then use the information in the Forms E to come to agreement on sharing your finances.
- Within the Court process - where, after issuing your Form A (see the step-by-step guide here on doing that), the Court will set a timetable to take you to the First Directions Appointment. The first step of this timetable is for each of you to complete your Form E, file it at Court and exchange it with your ex-partner.
Again, the principle here is to minimise requests for further information by your ex-partner. The more you supply to begin with the less time your case will take, and the less it will cost you – whether you are in the Court system or not.
Many people ignore requests from their ex-partner to fill in a Form E – so the ex-partner then feels they have no alternative but to issue finance proceedings at Court. This means the whole process becomes more drawn out and expensive for both sides.