First Appointment Hearing
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At the first appointment the
district judge must determine and give directions
about the following:
(a) The valuation of assets.
(b) Obtaining / exchanging expert
evidence if required.
(c) Evidence to be provided and
details of further chronologies or schedules to
be filed by each party.
(d) Set a date for the Final
Dispute Resolution Hearing (FDR)
If appropriate the First
Appointment can be treated as the FDR.
(e) To ensure pension evaluations
are obtained / being obtained.
If there are disputes over pension
valuations, the court can instruct that evidence
is prepared by a single expert.
(f) To make any order re costs.
If at the conclusion of the
hearing the case has not been settled, the Judge
will set a date for the Financial Dispute
Resolution Appointment. The parties must comply
with the directions of the order prior to the