The courts in England have a very wide discretion when deciding what the divorce settlement should be. They have to achieve a ‘fair’ outcome. A consequence of this is that a wide number of outcomes might be considered ‘fair’ even though the amount you receive as a settlement can vary widely. As a result, it is crucial that you have a divorce solicitor you can trust and who has the skills, knowledge and experience you need to secure your financial future.
We are divorce solicitors based in Harrogate who specialise in resolving financial settlements on divorce, particularly complex divorce cases such as those involving properties, pensions, business, trusts and inherited assets and those where there is a large difference between the earnings of the couple.
Negotiating a divorce settlement can be broken down into four key stages: Protect The first thing we do is protect your position by ensuring that your husband or wife does not dispose of assets before the financial settlement is agreed. We will also ensure that you have sufficient money to meet your most pressing needs while […]Read more
If you have a connection outside England and Wales it will be essential to consider what the impact of this is and to act fast. For example, some couples are able to apply for divorce in more than one country. Different countries have different rules on divorce and you may get a better outcome by […]Read more
A “separation agreement”, sometimes known as a “deed of separation”, is a document that is agreed between couples who decide to stop living together. A separation agreement will include clauses to deal with possession of the property, financial support for the children of the relationship, who the children will live with and a schedule of […]Read more
The courts in England have a very wide discretion when deciding what a divorce and finances settlement should be. They have to achieve a ‘fair’ outcome. A consequence of this is that a wide number of outcomes might be considered ‘fair’ even though the amount of the settlement can vary widely. As a result, it […]Read more
We understand that you may be worried about the cost of legal advice. To help you, from the very outset we will give you clear, detailed information about the likely amount of your legal fees. For your added peace of mind, we can even agree a cap on the cost of your case before we […]Read more
The usual rule is that each party has to pay for the costs of their own lawyer for negotiating the financial settlement. As part of the financial settlement, however, it is possible to agree that your spouse should pay some or all of your legal fees. We will discuss with you at the beginning of […]Read more
There are two elements to any divorce. The first element is the work involved in getting a divorce itself, i.e. the process involved in obtaining the final decree of divorce called the Decree Absolute. This is usually straightforward as most cases are not disputed by the other party, so we can provide you with a […]Read more
It is very rare for the reason for the divorce to affect the financial settlement. The court is able to take very bad behaviour into account and which may then have an effect on the financial settlement. The typical scenarios where this might be relevant are if one party has been reckless or deliberate in […]Read more
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