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Posted by spartacus 
Financial Statement
May 04, 2021 10:18AM
I have just received a "Financial Statement" from my wife's solicitor.

I do not have a solicitor yet, as she qualifies for legal aid, whereas I do not. Therefore I have been trying to keep costs down by avoiding this step until absolutely necessary. Maybe this is that time?

The form is footered with "Form E Financial statement (01.16)", and includes, at the top the following...

"For a financial order under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973/ Civil Partnership Act 2004
For financial relief after an overseas divorce etc. under Part 3 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984/Schedule 7 to the Civil Partnership Act 2004"

It appears to be a court document, but has not been issued by any court.

Do I have an obligation to complete this document?

ITS 27 PAGES LONG! ...And I work for a living.

The email from the solicitor simply says
"Dear Mr XXX
please find attached Form E for completion and guidance notes for assistance.
kind regards
Morecrofts LLP"

(Her solicitor can't even use capitals in the right place)
Re: Financial Statement
May 04, 2021 11:09AM
>>Do I have an obligation to complete this document?

Only if there is a court order providing that you both complete a Form E. If it is simply because your wife's solicitor wants you to complete the form on a voluntary basis then the answer is, no, you are not obliged to complete it.
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