You are here

FDAs and FRDs: Tips for practitioners

Aim to define the issues and save costs, and be prepared for the judge to push the parties further than you might have anticipated, advises District Judge Julie Exton

6 October 2015

A divorcing couple do not usually have a lot of money to spare, so it is incumbent on the court, and their representatives, to try to resolve the issues as soon as possible, preferably at the first directions appointment (FDA).

Is all the information available? 

Forms E will need to be exchanged, but there is a lot more than that required, and there are so many occasions when the case has to be adjourned because an essential piece of the jigsaw is missing. Ensure you have valuations of the family home: a market appraisal, or three, will do in most cases. 

What is the mortgage capacity of the parties? 

If there is a pension, what is the value (particularly if the pension has been built up while employed as a civil servant, policeman, fireman, or the like)? Consider whether an actuarial valuation is required and whether the cost is proportionate to the ?sums involved.

What do the respectiv...

Want to read on?

This article is part of our subscription-based access. Please pick one of the options below to continue.

Already registered? Login to access premium content

SUBSCRIBE for one User

Unlimited access to the entire SJ website for a full year for one user.

  • 10 issues a year delivered to you
  • Digital edition of the magazine for one user – sent to your inbox or accessible through the website
  • Access to premium content on the website
  • Access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online
  • Advanced search feature
  • Online support
  • Access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices – coming soon!
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

Subscribe

CORPORATE SUBSCRIPTION

Your department or entire firm can subscribe to Solicitors Journal online, providing easy access for all who require it. Discount corporate subscription rates apply, based on number of users.

The Corporate IP Licence includes:

  • Digital copy of the magazine sent to individuals’ inboxes and accessible through the website. Solicitors Journal publishes 10 issues per year
  • Unlimited access to premium content on the website based on IP addresses
  • Unlimited access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online (username required)
  • Unlimited access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

The Corporate IP Licence is tailored to your firm, making it the most cost effective way for the firm to access Solicitors Journal, and enables the firm to remain compliant with copyright and our Terms and Conditions. This gives you the ability to print and circulate articles within the firm.

To enquire about a Corporate IP Licence for your firm, please contact our Subscriptions Manager on emily.beechey@solicitorsjournal.com.