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Get a fair deal

“You have looked out for my interests even when I was ready to give in for ease.”

You deserve everything you’re entitled to. We leave no stone unturned to make sure you’re being treated fairly and get the best deal. At Harrogate Family Law we get you a fair deal without any drama.


How we negotiate a fair deal

The questions we ask at the very start give us a good idea of the assets available. As we get to know you and your circumstances we can evaluate your needs, both now and in the future. We will then typically take the following steps:


  • 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 also ensure that you have sufficient resources to meet your most pressing needs while we negotiate a fair financial settlement.


  • Disclose

We insist that your spouse provides full details of their assets and income. We leave no stone unturned to secure the deal you deserve. If there is a suspicion that they may be hiding or failing to value assets or income fairly, we work closely with our panel of top forensic accountants to trace undisclosed assets or to value business or trust interests.

We also work closely with property valuers to ensure that property valuations to us by your spouse are accurate as well as actuaries and financial advisers in relation to issues concerning pensions, particularly valuation.


  • Negotiate

Once you and we are satisfied that a clear picture of your spouse’s assets and income has been provided and assets have been fairly valued, we then negotiate hard for you to ensure that you obtain the financial settlement you deserve. Because we’re such skilled negotiators, about 95% of our cases settle out of court.

We will ensure that your spouse, who may be more used to negotiating than you, does not take unfair advantage of you.

Depending on the assets involved, it may be necessary to involve a tax adviser to structure the settlement tax-efficiently and/or a financial adviser or actuary to work with us on issues concerning pensions or investments, for example.
In the vast majority of our cases, because we’re such skilled negotiators, there is no need for any court proceedings. We are committed instead to resolving cases by negotiation – we also offer Collaborative Family Law to resolve disputes.

In some cases, court proceedings are necessary to get the settlement you are entitled to. If this is the case, we work closely with the very best barristers in the country. We will match you with the barrister we think most suited to your circumstances, and your personality, to present your case in court. We will prepare your case so that it is presented in the best possible way to maximise your settlement.


  • Implement

Once the settlement has been decided on, it then has to be implemented.



How we secured a fair deal for our client – case study

Our client had been married for 35 years and was keen to reach an amicable divorce settlement. Her husband had offered to split everything down the middle and she felt this was a reasonable offer.

When we looked closely at what was on the table, we realised that it wasn’t quite the 50/50 split it first seemed.

Our client had given up her career to raise a family and had no prospect of achieving the level of income she would have enjoyed had she chosen to remain in employment. Her husband had business interests and a number of properties that had been acquired during the marriage.

He was offering 50% of the value of the marital home and spousal maintenance based on his current basic salary.

By taking into account pensions, investments, business interests and the full value of all the husband’s properties we secured a much higher settlement.

We also argued successfully that our client would never have the earning potential of her husband, having given up her career to raise a family. She was awarded spousal maintenance for life based on a sum that took into account basic salary, bonuses, incentives, shares and business dividends.


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