A Guide on How to Fill the Form E
On the onset of a divorce, one of the most challenging documents that you will be required to fill is the Form E. considering the sensitivity of this documentation, it is important to make sure that you get everything correct. You may want to get help from your account in some parts so it is essential to make sure that everything is clear. Keep in mind that time is of the essence and you have to hand in the filled paperwork in time. There are two ways that you can do this. By being ordered by the court or voluntary. Regardless of the case, the variations are minimal and you will know exactly what you’re required to do in each case by going through this guide. To make sure nothing is left out, we will go page by page and section by section.
You will be required to put your name on the box that is on your left and if you’re not doing this voluntarily, you will also be required to do the same on the right. In the latter case, you will have the name of respondent will go to the right and that of the applicant to the left (if this is voluntary, you can leave that out). If you’re representing yourself, you can include your name and address on the bottom box. If not, include that of the firm that you will be using.
Section 1.1 to 1.5 should not be a problem. For the case of 1.6, indicate the stage at which the divorce is at. 1.7 all the way to 1.9 should also be easy to fill out but for 1.10 include all the children that are in the family and for section 1.11, you can include any health condition that may be of any financial impact.
In section 1.12, you will be required to explain the term of future arrangements. In this case, only include short and medium term terms. 1.13 requires you to put a value to the amount of child maintenance that you will need. You can fill in section 1.14 in the event that you have another case in court that you would like reviewing. Be explicit and include any documentation that maybe important in the case. In section 1.15, make sure that you only fill in information that relates to you and your STBX and not anyone else and the last part is quite hassle free.
Section 2 will require you to put information about your matrimonial home. The valuation is not necessary but you have to make sure that you include any secured loans and mortgages on the home. Make sure that you also indicate the names that are on the deed and if you would prefer to include any other information feel free to add an extra sheet of paper.
There is section 2.2 on this page that requires you to fill out any information about any other home that you may have land or building. In this case you will be required to follow the same procedure as the one followed in section 2. In the even that you have more than two properties that fall on this category, then you can print as many pages as you will require.
Section 2.3 on this page is very simple. However, you need to keep in mind that you will need to go back 12 months back from the date of filling in the form and make sure that the balance you fill in will reflect the one on your bank statement. You can use online statements or ask one from your bank. Section 2.4 should not cause any problem.
Both sections 2.5 and 2.6 in this category should be quite simple for you to tackle.
Section 2.7 should not be a problem but for the case of section 2.8, you should make sure that you include any belongings that you may have that are valued at more than £500. Cars only become an issue when one that is of substantial value or even more when there is a collection. It is unlikely that furniture will be an issue. However, if there is an art collection, then that will definitely spark some interest.
In section 2.9 you will be required to fill out the liabilities that you may be having. This will include any credit card statements and loans that you may have. Ensure that you have the original statements attached. While the latter may not be required, it may be required in some instances and it will save you time and money if you produce it beforehand. In section 2.10, include the CTG calculation but you may need your accountant to make a report supporting the same calculation.
If this section is required, (2.11) your accountant is better equipped to help with this.
Section 2.12 on this page is quite simple and shouldn’t be a problem.
Section 2.13 will require you to fill in a page for every pension that you possibly have. You should also include the follow up of the CETV since this can take up to 3 months.
In this section, (2.14) everything that you have that has not fallen anywhere else falls in right here.
If you have multiple jobs, make sure that you fill in a page in section 2.15 for every job you have.
Section 2.17 is quite easy to go through.
Section 2.18 on this page is also quite simple to get through.
Section 2.19 on this page is meant to catch any source of income that you have that does not appear anywhere else.
This page has two sections. The first is section 2.20 where you fill in a sum of your capital assets and section 2.21 where you fill a sum of your income from all your sources.
Section 3 on this page is very vital especially if you’re claiming or paying for child maintenance. In section 3.1 in the same page, you will need to include everything that you need and in section 3.2 you fill in what the child needs in a year then divide this by 12.
Section 3.2.1 requires you to add the capital needs like housing for you and section 3.2.2 requires you to fill in the capital need of the child like a bed or something of the sort.
In section 4 you can detail the state of your finances over the past 12 months and over the next 12 months. If necessary you can attach additional sheets. In section 4.2 in a very brief way explain to the court your lifestyle when you were a family. Remember to keep it very short.
Has section 4.3 where you include things like redundant funds and inheritance. There is also section 4.4 where you can detail any bad behaviour that has an impact on finances like gambling or alcoholism and lastly in section 4.5, you can state your case for instance if you can’t work because of having to look after a disabled child.
Has section 4.6 where you can indicate the income of your new partner’s liabilities and assets. Your partner will not have to hand over their property but their ability will affect the application.
Has section 5 that requires you to state what you want. Section 5.2 allows you to state some of the other resolved matters that you would like looked at and section 5.3 allows you to start where any property that has been transferred by your STBX is and where you think it could be.
If this procedure was a voluntary one for you, then you need not swear it. However, if there were proceeding on it, then you have no option but to make sure that you swear it.