What is the usual procedure for finance cases?
Most cases do not go to Court, you or your partner are responsible for deciding whether a case goes to Court. Whether or not the case goes to Court, both parties are under a duty to reveal their financial position to the other (disclosure of financial matters). Each party has to show and prove the extent of their financial position. Negotiations follow. We always try hard to settle a case out of Court on an amicable basis. If there is a financial agreement, it is quite often a good idea for the Court to ‘rubber stamp’ the agreement with the Courts approval. This often makes the agreement more reliable. If no amicable settlement is achieved, then either party has the right to apply to the Court for financial relief. In general, this is only possible if a divorce petition has been filed. If the case goes to Court- There is a first appointment at the Court (after about 16 weeks,) in which the Court looks at the issues between the parties. It might order the production of certain documents