Financial Settlements

Upon the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership, Orders for financial settlement cannot take effect until after the decree nisi in divorce, judicial separation or dissolution of the civil partnership. Our matrimonial specialist will advise you on your options if financial assistance is required sooner.

There are a number of applications we can make on your behalf for the court to grant an order prior to the relationship being formally ended. It may be that you need immediate financial assistance or it is necessary to transfer a property into your sole name.

We can support and guide you through the whole process ensuring that your needs and that of any dependent children are suitably met without any undue delay.

Provided there has been a decree of divorce, judicial separation or dissolution of a civil partnership, the court will, at that point, consider the appropriateness of long term financial orders. Having looked at all the circumstances of the case and the financial position of both parties, the court may consider a ‘clean break’ order to be appropriate so that neither of you are dependent on the other in the future. This would not include any orders in respect of maintenance for dependent children.

Financial settlements following the breakdown of a relationship can be complex and acrimonious. Our specialist lawyers will assist you in reaching an agreement if it is possible and appropriate to do so. If, having received full and frank disclosure from your former partner, we feel attempts to negotiate are proving costly and unrealistic we will advise and represent you in court to ensure the financial settlements are just and fair.

Legal aid will not be available but our charges are clear, reasonable and always agreed with you in advance.

Speak to our Initial Client Coordinator on 03300 245750 for initial advice.


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