Financial applications to the court—client guide (standard procedure)
Financial applications to the court—client guide (standard procedure)

The following Family precedent provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Financial applications to the court—client guide (standard procedure)

This document provides general guidance regarding an application to court to resolve your financial arrangements on divorce or dissolution. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your circumstances.

Who can apply to court?

Either spouse or civil partner can make an application to court to resolve financial disputes arising from divorce or civil partnership dissolution. The person making the application is the applicant and the other person is the respondent.

What happens when the application is received by the court?

When either of you makes the application to court, the court automatically generates certain standard directions to help progress your case. These are:

  1. the date and time for the first court appointment (sometimes referred to as a first directions appointment or first appointment)

  2. that five weeks before that appointment you must each file at court and exchange a completed financial disclosure form (Form E) giving full details of your financial circumstances, and

  3. that two weeks before that appointment, you must each file with the court and exchange:

    1. a short statement about what the disputed financial issues between you are

    2. a chronology of the important events in the marriage or civil partnership

    3. a questionnaire if you have any queries on the other person’s financial disclosure, and

    4. a form saying whether you will be using the first court hearing for directions only or you will

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