Reaching a financial settlement is a key part of getting divorced or dissolving your civil partnership. We can give you legal advice on what to expect financially, and represent you to help you reach the best financial settlement.
A top family law firm, we work with clients all over the UK from our offices in London and the New Forest. Working with many LGBT+ clients and other non-traditional families, we have a modern and inclusive approach, and regularly work with wealthy professionals.
The family court can make a range of financial orders, including orders for sale or transfer, orders to hold assets on trust, orders for pension-sharing, and capital awards and orders for staggered payments over time. The court process is designed to help you settle how your assets should be divided fairly, including:
The court can also make orders for spousal or child maintenance, particularly where one spouse earns significantly more than the other.
In deciding what is fair, the court will consider the nature and value of your assets, your needs, the length of your relationship, your future earning potential and whether you have children, among other factors. There is always a lot of discretion and having good legal representation can be critical in securing the best outcome.
If you and your partner have agreed a financial settlement, we can advise you on whether it is reasonable, and we can help you obtain a consent order from the family court to formalise it.
If you have not agreed a financial settlement, we can advise you on what to expect financially and we can represent you in negotiations with your former spouse and in court proceedings. The process involves financial disclosure, and then a series of court hearings which are designed to help you reach a reasonable settlement (or ultimately have the family court make a final order if you can’t agree). Find out more about the court process for financial orders.
We usually start with a meeting to discuss your situation in detail and to advise you on what you can expect financially. From there we can represent you in negotiations with your former partner and in whatever court proceedings are required to reach a financial settlement. We will advise you sensibly, given our long experience, and represent you robustly so that you get the best financial settlement as efficiently and constructively as possible.
Our work is charged competitively on an hourly rate basis, with regular monthly invoicing and clear costs estimates given at every stage.
We typically deal with financial proceedings alongside your divorce or civil partnership dissolution, and sometimes we also need to settle arrangements for your children too.
Find out more about:
How we help with divorce
How we help with civil partnership dissolution
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