Financial Settlement Solicitors
When trying to reach a divorce financial settlement with your ex-partner it can be hard to know where to start. Our family law solicitors can help you understand your rights and options so you can secure a divorce financial settlement that meets your needs.
We know that it can be hard to navigate the legal and emotional aspects of splitting finances, especially when you are recently separated or going through divorce proceedings. Our family law solicitors provide friendly specialist legal advice to help you move on with your life.
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Divorce Financial Settlements
When you are trying to reach a divorce financial settlement it is important to understand the range of orders a family court can make and the potential financial orders a judge may make in your financial and personal circumstances. That information should help you negotiate and reach a financial settlement by an agreement. The agreement can then be converted into a binding financial court order.
A financial agreement can be reached through:
- Direct discussions
- Solicitor negotiations including via a roundtable meeting
- Family mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration
At Fullers we are experts in helping our clients achieve settlements through negotiation. However, where agreement cannot be reached, you or your spouse can apply to the court and we can represent you in those proceedings.
Divorce Financial Orders
A family court can make orders over assets and property owned jointly or in your sole name or owned by your husband or wife. In some situations, the court can also make orders against third parties who have been joined to the court proceedings as intervenors, such as a trust, family company, or an individual who has had family assets transferred into their name.
The range of financial orders that a family court can make include:
- Sale of property, such as the family home or family business or an investment portfolio, or a holiday home
- Deferred orders for the sale of the family home – known as mesher or martin orders
- Transfer of property from joint names or the sole name of a husband or wife. Transfers can include property, investments, or shares in a family business
- Lump sum payment
- Spousal maintenance which includes applications for immediate financial support when the case is just starting, as it progresses and long term.
- Children financial orders, such as top-up child maintenance or a school fees order
- Pension sharing orders
- Variation orders – to increase or reduce or stop spousal maintenance payments or to capitalise spousal maintenance
- Orders that one party contributes towards another’s costs
- Clean break orders – to prevent one or both parties from bringing any further financial claims against their former husband or wife. Without a clean break order, there is always a risk that an ex-partner may try to make a financial court application at some point in the future.
Whether you reach an agreement amicably, or after input from a family mediator, it is important to formally record your agreement in a financial court order. Without a court order, you leave yourself exposed to future problems, such as potential further money claims.
If you reach an agreement direct or following mediation, we can let you know whether the terms agreed are fair and reasonable to both parties and obtain the court order on your behalf.
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Fixed Fee Divorce
When you are getting divorced it can feel as if you are surrounded by uncertainty; over the child and parenting arrangements, where you will live, what you will get or pay in spousal maintenance, or how best to split any finances and assets. With a fixed fee divorce, the stress is reduced to give you the confidence to start creating a new future for yourself and your family.
Did you know… mediation allows you and your former partner to explore ideas about what your future may look like after separating and find common ground, without the anxiety of court proceedings, which could potentially save you time, money and of course stress?
When you are separating or divorcing, the priority for you as a parent is to sort out the arrangements for your children. You want to do the best for your children in what can be an emotionally challenging and testing time.
We understand that when relationships break down, life can become difficult. We know that thinking about a separation can be very upsetting and disruptive.
We understand that if you are unmarried and your relationship breaks down you may be confused about the best way forward.
If you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse, we understand that you will be upset, and might find it difficult to discuss what is happening to you.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) offers family clients creative and flexible ways to put an end to their differences, without the added cost, delay and stress of going to court.
We advise on high net worth divorce and family arrangements. Our specialist family solicitors have the expertise and experience to help you resolve family law issues where there is high net worth, international connections, or a public profile to safeguard.
If you are not getting to see your grandchildren our family law solicitors can help you understand your legal rights and explore ways to make sure that you can get to see more of your grandchildren.
Whether you need spousal maintenance, or you are being asked to financially support your ex-wife or husband, spousal maintenance can be an emotive topic and a hard area to resolve.
Pensions on divorce need careful consideration whether you are nearing retirement or have some time to go before you plan to stop working. We recommend that you seek expert legal settlement advice from specialist family law solicitors so you understand your pension options on divorce and how best to achieve a fair divorce financial settlement.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
If you are planning on getting married you should think about signing a prenuptial agreement. You do not need to have significant wealth to benefit from securing the peace of mind and security a prenuptial agreement provides.
Together We Part Service
We are often asked by couples who are separating whether they can both have the same solicitor. They know that they need legal advice on some of the issues arising from their separation, whether it be finance or children. But they are afraid that involving lawyers on each side will lead to increased conflict and drawn-out disputes, as well as to significant costs.
Family Solicitors for Police
We understand that the nature of police work can put extraordinary pressure on family life and you need advice to ensure that your family related issues are resolved as quickly, and efficiently as possible.
Family Solicitors For NHS Staff
Nobody ever expects to have family problems, but when they do occur you will want somebody to help you resolve them, swiftly and amicably.
Military Divorce Solicitors
When you are in the military, there may be added pressures involved that could potentially lead to a breakdown of the relationship. Although the legal process of divorce is the same, there are often more complexities involved, such as military pensions, complex child arrangements and matters regarding child or spousal maintenance.