It's been a while since I did a question-and-answer session based upon keyword activity over the last few days. so I thought it was time I did another. As always, my disclaimer in the sidebar applies to what follows, and if anyone disagrees with what I have said, feel free to comment. In no particular order:
consent order model wording
There are precedents for consent orders, the best known set produced by Resolution, but drafting a consent order is not something that I would recommend doing without a solicitor.
There is no such thing - see this post.
index link child maintenance how to work out
This depends upon the wording of the agreement/order (child support is not index-linked). There is no set formula, but it usually involves annual updating in line with the retail prices index.
writing your own divorce papers
Ahem, may I suggest my book: DO YOUR OWN DIVORCE!
community service order frustrating contact
At first I thought this was referring to the new contact enforcement orders (see this post), but now I'm not so sure. If a CSO is affecting contact arrangements, then (assuming you cannot change the community service) try to re-negotiate those arrangements, or ask the court to vary them.
i have a decree nisi but how can i obtain a decree absolute if my ex refuses to finish the divorce
If you obtained the decree nisi you can apply for the decree absolute 6 weeks and one day after the decree nisi was pronounced. If (as I assume to be the case) your ex obtained the decree nisi then you can apply for the decree absolute 3 months after the date upon which they could apply. Note that such an application usually involves a hearing, and the court may delay the decree absolute until financial/property matters have been finalised.
protocols for family law
There are several, but the main one is the Law Society's Family Law Protocol.
what is shared residency
What it is exactly depends upon what has been agreed between the parents, or ordered by the court. It involves the children spending time residing with each parent, but not necessarily dividing their time equally between the parents.
dealing with the c.s.a.
All I can say is good luck! Seriously, cooperate with them, provide them with everything they request as quickly as you can, keep on to them until they deal with the matter, but don't make a nuisance of yourself.
ex wife remarried can she claim half of house if i die
She can't make a claim against your estate.
no property or children consent order
In these circumstances (and assuming a clean break is appropriate), it is best to get a simple order dismissing all financial/property claims by either party against the other, to prevent any such claims being made in the future.
christmas arguments with family
A common problem - discuss with your divorce lawyer in January!
county court matrimonial speak
Yes, we lawyers are still guilty of using jargon (although things aren't as bad as they used to be) - that's why I put a (lengthy) glossary in my book. If you're not sure what something means, don't be afraid to ask, even if it means asking the judge.
joint parental responsibility
If more than one person has parental responsibility (as will both parents, if they are married), then that responsibility is shared. If they cannot agree any particular matter, then either may apply to a court for an order dealing with that issue.
how to represent yourself ancillary relief
Yes, it can be done. Once again, I would humbly suggest my book, DO YOUR OWN DIVORCE!
what do divorce lawyers do?