Divorce Financial Settlement

When a relationship ends, the two main concerns are divorce and money. We have the expertise to deal with straight forward or complex matrimonial finances and to advise you on your financial claims arising from your marriage or civil partnership breakdown.

If you and your spouse or partner have already separated, but you do not wish to divorce as yet or dissolve your civil partnership, you could sign and execute a separation agreement setting out an agreement that you have reached in relation to financial and children matters.

We can also help you make applications to the court for financial provision in respect of children under the Children Act 1989.

When granting a decree of divorce, nullity, judicial separation or a dissolution order, the Court may make various orders for a spouse or civil partner that may include for example:

  • Periodical payments (maintenance payments);
  • Secured provision (maintenance that is charged against an asset);
  • Lump sum (a cash payment);
  • Transfer of property (where legal ownership of an asset is taken away from one spouse or partner and transferred to the other); and
  • Pension attachment and pension sharing (except upon decree of judicial separation).

Most divorce settlements comprise three main elements; these are: periodical payments, capital orders (lump sum and/or transfer of property) and long term security (pension attachment and pension sharing orders, provision of life insurance cover).

Same sex couples have been able to enter into civil partnerships since December 2005. In the event of relationship breakdown, we are able to offer advice and representation in connection with the dissolution of the civil partnership and the resolution of issues relating to children, financial and property issues.

What do I do next?

Contact us online or speak to one of our dedicated top family law solicitors on 0207 998 7777 for a free initial consultation. With our vast experience in the field, our team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible. All information you provide us with is treated with the utmost confidentiality.

We can provide you with clear, focused advice combined with a sympathetic understanding. In order to minimise the emotional and financial impact we will always act in your best interest and try to take a conciliatory approach. We will however, take a firm stance where this is necessary in order to obtain the best possible outcome for you.

We will contact you no later than the next working day to arrange a meeting at our offices in London W1 to advise on the agreement.

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