10th November 2017
I am so relieved that we’ve agreed a financial settlement. I know that will give our children what they need and whilst things will inevitably be different to before we separated, I am fortunate to have enough money to live on.
In practical terms though, it’s not signed and sealed just yet. Marilyn is in control of the process and has drafted our consent order. This is with James’s solicitor for review and she will keep communicating with him until it’s finalised. After that it is sent to the court to approve. It will be another month or so until it’s completed, or maybe longer as Christmas is approaching.
During that time I can talk to the broker about transferring the house into my name and releasing James from the mortgage. I’m relieved that Marilyn is so experienced with all this. We accepted a clause in the order that the house must be sold if I cannot get James released from the mortgage. This just has to be there as a back-up as I’m expecting to get James removed from the mortgage.
This means that I can wait to apply for the decree absolute in the New Year – a fitting time to start the next phase of my life.