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How to pay your divorce costs

The cost of seeking expert legal advice can be such a concern for some people that they delay going to a solicitor until they absolutely have to. This is completely understandable, particularly at a time when your future financial security is so uncertain, but the issue of how you pay your divorce costs is something we can help you with and it shouldn’t stop you getting the support you need. The sooner you get expert legal advice, the better.

How we help with divorce costs

We will give you clear, detailed information about the likely level of fees right at the start. We can agree to cap fees at a certain level and we regularly review divorce costs with you. Your first half hour with us is free and gives you an opportunity to discuss your priorities and concerns and understand how we will help you. After that, we believe the best way to limit legal costs is to secure a quick settlement and to avoid going to court wherever possible. Our experience, and our use of the latest technology, mean that the service you receive from us is efficient and represents real value for money.

Funding options

If you are unable to pay your legal fees from savings or income we can discuss a number of other funding options with you and introduce you to our expert contacts who can help. You may have family or friends who are willing to give you an interest free loan. If you do borrow money from family and friends, make sure you mention it to us as we will be able to help you draw up a formal agreement that will be taken into consideration when negotiating your settlement.

Investing in good legal advice

Some people may choose to negotiate their own financial settlement and only consult a solicitor to handle the legal paperwork and finalise what has been agreed. However, even cases that appear simple and straightforward can throw up difficulties and it’s easy to miss something important. For that reason we always encourage clients to think about their legal costs as an investment. We make sure that the money you spend on legal fees is used to secure the financial settlement you deserve and to make life after divorce as secure as possible for you.

If you or your spouse have pensions, business interests, trusts, property portfolios or inherited assets, it’s crucial that you each seek advice from a specialist family solicitor. These assets can be valued in different ways and it is vital to ensure that they have been valued accurately and fairly.  A firm like ours has lots of experience in checking that assets have been fairly valued. If the valuations are not carried out thoroughly and correctly then you could miss out on hundreds of thousands of pounds that you should be entitled to. It’s important to get it right first time because it can be very difficult if not impossible to persuade a judge to look at a case again if it turns out that assets were not valued fairly at the time of the divorce settlement.

Andrew Meehan is individually recommended for family law by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor for divorce cases involving complex financial and property matters.

This article has been prepared with the aim of providing general information only and does not constitute legal advice in relation to any particular situation. While we aim to ensure that the information is correct at the date on which it is added to the website, the legal position can change frequently, and content will not always be updated following any relevant changes. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk. Harrogate Family Law accepts no liability whatsoever in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss or damage caused by or arising directly or indirectly in connection with any use or reliance on the contents of any part of our website, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

How to divorce when you run a family business together

Divorce can be difficult no matter the circumstances but when you run a family business together, there are even more complications. It’s important to consider what are the best options for you and your family business if your marriage comes to an end.

There are many compelling reasons for seeking legal advice early when couples make the decision to divorce and this is particularly true when business interests are involved.

Find common ground

It may be possible, with support from your solicitor, to reach an amicable resolution covering how the business relationship will be resolved. Where possible and with careful negotiation, this is often the best way forward. We prefer, where possible, to agree a settlement out of court because the Judges have a wide range of discretion and the outcome can be unpredictable.  It is far better to have a negotiated settlement which both parties know will work for them. In some cases, ex couples decide to continue to run the family business together and are able to maintain a good working relationship. This is not always possible, of course, and there are other options when deciding on the future of the business.

Split the assets

Without previous legal documentations such as a pre or post nuptial agreement, the starting point in divorce proceedings is to look at whether an equal split of assets is fair. An equal split is not inevitable though. We will always discuss your individual circumstances with you to try and achieve the best possible outcome. If one partner has had a more active role in the business, this can lead to further issues.  The courts may not, for example, grant a bigger share because you were the person who established or spent more time building up the business. Any agreements that have been previously drawn up specifying who owns what shares and documenting loans, for example, could play an important part in any negotiations or proceedings.

Buy out

If the family business is to be split, one option might be to buy out your ex partner’s share. One partner may retain ownership and pay the other spousal maintenance, or borrowings could be used to make a lump sum payment. There are a number of possibilities and pitfalls and we would urge you to make an appointment to come and see us so that we can guide you through the process.

We would always advise, if you co-own a business with your spouse, to have precise legal documentation drawn up so that in the event of a divorce it is easier to achieve a fair settlement that reflects the contribution both partners have made.

 

How to get the divorce process started

1. Protecting your position

Before the divorce process can get underway our priority will be to protect your position by making sure your spouse does not dispose of or hide assets and avoiding setting any precedents that could reduce the amount of the settlement you ultimately receive. You should also think carefully before leaving the family home as this could make it more difficult to say that it should be sold or transferred to you in the longer term. If your spouse has moved out and you are left with the house and the children we will make sure you have enough money to pay your bills.

2. Decide on the grounds for divorce

For a divorce to be granted you need to be able to demonstrate that your marriage has irretrievably broken down by giving one of five reasons. Three of these only apply if you have been separated for more than two years. Otherwise, the options are adultery (which can be difficult to prove) and unreasonable behaviour.  I find that the vast majority of people opt for unreasonable behaviour. The behaviour does not have to be extreme. Moves are being made to introduce “no fault” divorce where one person does not have to blame the other for the breakdown of the marriage but until that point couples have the best chance of remaining amicable if they don’t lay too much blame on the other party.

3. Be alert to the pitfalls

The sooner you can see a divorce solicitor, the better because each decision you make could have an impact on your future. Our legal knowledge and experience means we recognise the unique features in your case, spot potential problems and complications and take early action to iron out difficulties. Lawyers without our depth of experience may identify problems too late or miss them completely, costing you time, money and unnecessary stress.We will make sure that that you get a fair financial settlement. This will involve ensuring that your spouse has disclosed all of their assets and income.  Importantly, we will also ensure that the financial settlement is based on correct information in terms or making sure that the assets and income have been valued fairly; there are various different ways to value assets, so we will make sure that they have been properly valued and not understated. We will also alert you to other pitfalls and factors that might have financial implications such as tax and will use our skill and experience to negotiate a fair financial settlement.

 4. Find a solicitor you feel comfortable with

Your solicitor will be supporting you through one of the most challenging times of your life and it’s important you find someone you have confidence in. Our aim is to put you at ease from the moment you walk into our offices. We understand that you are facing situations you never wanted or expected to face and it is our job to help you make the right decisions for you and your family. We will be on your side and are here to reduce the burden and worry of the coming months.

5. Acknowledgment of service

If your spouse has applied for a divorce you will receive a copy of the divorce petition in the post with an acknowledgment of service form. If you haven’t already sought legal advice you will need to do so quickly, before confirming receipt and within the time limit specified on the papers. Try not to focus on the details given to prove unreasonable behaviour. Look on this as a necessary measure to get the divorce process underway in the absence of a no fault divorce system.

 

Andrew Meehan is individually recommended for family law by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor for divorce cases involving complex financial and property matters.

This article has been prepared with the aim of providing general information only and does not constitute legal advice in relation to any particular situation. While we aim to ensure that the information is correct at the date on which it is added to the website, the legal position can change frequently, and content will not always be updated following any relevant changes. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk. Harrogate Family Law accepts no liability whatsoever in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss or damage caused by or arising directly or indirectly in connection with any use or reliance on the contents of any part of our website, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

How soon should I instruct a divorce lawyer?

We would always recommend that you talk to a divorce solicitor as soon as possible when you are thinking about whether or not to divorce. Many people delay things, often because they think they can sort a lot of issues out themselves and save money.

Here are 6 reasons why talking to a divorce solicitor should be your first step.

1. It really helps to understand your legal position before you start discussing arrangements for your home, finances and children. Even if you negotiate most things between yourselves, talking to a solicitor can also help you clarify what you can expect to receive in your settlement and what you need to think about.

2. As soon as you start talking to a solicitor you have someone on your side who is objective and knowledgeable. This can really help in the early days when you feel overwhelmed by the decisions and emotions facing you.

3. You might think your case is going to be straightforward but there are issues in almost every divorce case that need specialist input from a solicitor. Some of these things can cause real problems if they are not dealt with properly from the outset. Decisions about moving out of the house, paying the bills in the interim before your divorce is complete and dividing up possessions and assets can all cause problems if they are not approached in the right way. Your solicitor will help you avoid these pitfalls and make sure nothing is overlooked.

4. The relationship you have with your solicitor will be based on trust and good communication. The earlier you start sharing information about your situation and your future needs, the sooner your solicitor can start helping you achieve the outcome you want. It’s worth remembering that having a good solicitor is an investment in your future. Our legal knowledge and experience means we recognise the unique features in each case, spot potential problems and complications and take early action to iron out difficulties. We can also put you in touch with other local professionals such as financial advisers and counsellors, should you need them.

5. Your divorce solicitor is there to answer your questions. In the early days you are likely to have lots of questions about where you will live, how you will continue parenting your children, how you will afford to live alone and much more. Your solicitor can also give you advice on the practicalities of how to manage your money while the divorce goes through.

6. Your solicitor can help you start thinking about the things that are most important to you straight away, including things that are not necessarily critical to your financial settlement. These might be possessions that have personal significance or important dates when you know you will want to be with your children. By getting to know your priorities at the start of the divorce process your solicitor will be able to do a much better job in helping you put those important things first in your negotiations.

 

Andrew Meehan is individually recommended for family law by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor for divorce cases involving complex financial and property matters.

This article has been prepared with the aim of providing general information only and does not constitute legal advice in relation to any particular situation. While we aim to ensure that the information is correct at the date on which it is added to the website, the legal position can change frequently, and content will not always be updated following any relevant changes. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk. Harrogate Family Law accepts no liability whatsoever in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss or damage caused by or arising directly or indirectly in connection with any use or reliance on the contents of any part of our website, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

Restraining Orders in Divorce Proceedings

There are times when the reason for a divorce is due to threatening behaviour or abuse in the marriage. Domestic  abuse is defined as a pattern of physical or sexual violence or controlling behaviour in a relationship. It may involve physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual abuse and can include violent behaviour or subtle control that makes the victim feel worthless, deprives them of money or prevents them from leaving the family home.

Men and women can both be victims of domestic violence and in these types of serious cases, it can be necessary to consider an injunction. An injunction is a court order that requires someone to do or not do something.

Under the Family Law Act, there are different types of injunctions available that can help clients to gain protection in domestic abuse cases.

Occupation order

This deals with the family home situation; if you consider living with your partner is unsafe, an occupation order may be the best course of action. Essentially, it specifies who is allowed to live in the family home and can prevent your partner from entering the surrounding area. Anyone who is legally associated to their abuser and has property rights to the home may apply for an occupation order. The court will apply a ‘balance of harm’ test when determining whether to make the injunction.

Depending on the case, if the court accepts the abuser has used or threatened physical violence, then a power of arrest may be attached to the order. Injunctions do work differently depending on individual circumstances and evidence will be required to demonstrate there has been a level of harassment to warrant the intervention.

Non-molestation order

This injunction aims to protect you and your children from threatening behaviour and to ensure your health, safety and well-being. You can also obtain an exclusion zone around your home and place of work. Under new legislation, it’s a criminal offence to breach a non-molestation order.

Restraining order

If the case ends up in the criminal courts, the courts can issue a restraining order to protect the victims of crime. A restraining order may: prevent a person from harassing and communicating with you by phone, text or email; restrict them from behaving in a certain way; prevent them from going to certain places such as your home or workplace; restrict them from approaching you. Breach of a restraining order is a criminal offence.

It’s important to get the right help for your situation and discuss the different options with an experienced family law professional. Here at Harrogate Family Law, Andrew Meehan is accredited as a Resolution specialist in domestic violence and can offer confidential legal advice to clients facing these difficult and challenging circumstances.

Contact us on 01423 594680 or email enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk

 

Andrew Meehan is individually recommended for family law by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor for divorce cases involving complex financial and property matters.

This article has been prepared with the aim of providing general information only and does not constitute legal advice in relation to any particular situation. While we aim to ensure that the information is correct at the date on which it is added to the website, the legal position can change frequently, and content will not always be updated following any relevant changes. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk. Harrogate Family Law accepts no liability whatsoever in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss or damage caused by or arising directly or indirectly in connection with any use or reliance on the contents of any part of our website, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

Exam Success for Ursula

As part of our commitment to invest in our team, we are pleased to be supporting our PA and credit controller Ursula Herbert through her AAT accounting exams and her success so far means she is on track for a distinction.

After studying hard for the first two modules Ursula has just been awarded 97% in Bookkeeping Transactions and 92% in Bookkeeping Controls.

The Foundation Certificate in Accounting covers the basics of finance administration, double entry bookkeeping, costing and using accounting software.

Ursula said: “I am already putting my learning into practice in my day-to-day role at Harrogate Family Law and really value having been given the opportunity to develop my skills and work towards an industry recognised qualification.”

Andrew Meehan, managing director of Harrogate Family Law, said: “As a firm we are keen to develop our team and provide opportunities for them to work towards professional qualifications where possible.

“Ursula’s hard work and dedication has really paid off and she thoroughly deserves her excellent marks.

“She has exceeded the requirements in the majority of tasks in the exams she has taken so far and is well on track for a distinction overall. We wish her every success in her remaining modules.”

 

Why all good marriages should start with a pre-nup

Pre-nuptial agreements may not be one of the most romantic topics of conversation for couples planning a wedding but recent research has found that more than 40% of single men and women think a pre-nup is a good idea. Couples now look on them as a practical step before entering into marriage.

What are the benefits of a pre-nup?

It could make your marriage stronger

A pre-nup gives couples an opportunity to look objectively at their personal, financial and business interests at the start of a relationship. Having an open and honest discussion at the outset avoids arguments further down the line and manages expectations. In this respect, a pre-nup can actually strengthen a marriage.

It avoids conflict later on

A pre-nup doesn’t mean couples are anticipating the failure of their marriage. Just as they might be looking at home insurance – and possibly wedding insurance – a pre-nup is a safeguard that could make things easier and cheaper if the marriage does break down.  Decisions can be made with a cool head at this stage, whereas once problems develop in a marriage, negotiation can become difficult and resolution can be time consuming and costly.

It could protect your wealth

Pre-nups are popular with couples who have already accrued property, wealth or business interests. A pre-nup can set out how all the assets would be divided if the marriage were to break down and can help to protect against future claims.  Those with business interests approach pre-nups from the perspective of controlling risk and minimising the damaging effect that disputes could have on the business.

How to draft a pre-nup

We’ll arrange an initial meeting to discuss your personal situation, the issues affecting you and your partner and how marriage will impact on ownership of assets. There are a number of pitfalls to avoid when drawing up a pre-nuptial agreement and we’ll outline these so that you take all the right steps to make sure your document has the best chance of standing up in court. This is one reason why DIY pre-nups and online forms should be avoided. Attempting to draw up a pre-nup without specialist advice from a family lawyer could put your assets and future earnings at risk.

Ideally the pre-nup should be dealt with well before your marriage so that you can agree it, sign it, put it away and get on with enjoying the build up to your big day. Both parties should have independent legal advice and neither should feel under pressure to sign.

Pre-nups are particularly useful for anyone who has been married before and in such cases they can be used to safeguard assets that have been built up for existing children’s inheritances. They are also often used when one party has already inherited wealth from family.

Even when both parties see the benefit of a pre-nup, the negotiations still need to be handled sensitively. We recognise this and, because we have plenty of experience in this area, we’ll make sure you feel comfortable with everything before signing.

Andrew Meehan is individually recommended for family law by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor for divorce cases involving complex financial and property matters.

This article has been prepared with the aim of providing general information only and does not constitute legal advice in relation to any particular situation. While we aim to ensure that the information is correct at the date on which it is added to the website, the legal position can change frequently, and content will not always be updated following any relevant changes. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk. Harrogate Family Law accepts no liability whatsoever in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss or damage caused by or arising directly or indirectly in connection with any use or reliance on the contents of any part of our website, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

Spousal Maintenance – How Long Can a Wife Expect to Be Financially Supported by her Ex Husband?

A husband who is making regular spousal maintenance payments to his wife will understandably question why he is still expected to pay her regular amounts of money when she has moved a new partner in and no longer seems to be having to manage on her own.

What is spousal maintenance?  

Spousal maintenance is a regular sum of money that is agreed as part of a financial settlement between divorcing parties when one partner has no income or has much lower earnings than the other.

In some cases the agreement will involve regular payments for a set period of time, to give the other partner time to get on their feet financially and become self-supporting. There are also situations where the arrangement is left open, for example when a wife has given up her career to bring up children and is now at a disadvantage on the labour market and unlikely to be able to support herself.

What happens to spousal maintenance when the recipient remarries or starts cohabiting?

Spousal maintenance stops once the recipient remarries. However, if the recipient is cohabiting with a new partner it does not automatically mean that spousal maintenance will no longer be paid.

If you are paying spousal maintenance and believe that your ex-spouse’s financial circumstances have changed as a result of a new partner sharing the expenses, you can apply to the courts for a reassessment. This also applies if your own circumstances change and you are struggling to keep up with payments.

As well as being required to establish that your ex-wife and her new partner are actually living together under the same roof, you will also need to demonstrate that it has had an impact on her personal circumstances and that she no longer requires the level of financial support she once did. Your ex-wife may claim that the new relationship is in its early stages and might not last, or that her new partner cannot afford to support her. However, if the new partner is contributing to household expenses you may be able to argue that the financial situation upon which the original agreement was based is no longer valid.

To find out more about spousal maintenance and how to request a reassessment due to changes in circumstances, contact Harrogate Family Law on 01423 594 680.

 

Andrew Meehan is individually recommended for family law by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor for divorce cases involving complex financial and property matters.

This article has been prepared with the aim of providing general information only and does not constitute legal advice in relation to any particular situation. While we aim to ensure that the information is correct at the date on which it is added to the website, the legal position can change frequently, and content will not always be updated following any relevant changes. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk. Harrogate Family Law accepts no liability whatsoever in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss or damage caused by or arising directly or indirectly in connection with any use or reliance on the contents of any part of our website, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

 

 

Is My Husband Entitled to a Share of My Inheritance When We Divorce

There are a number of factors that can help you ring fence inheritance during divorce proceedings. Inheritance can include property, money, a business or valuable heirlooms such as art and antiques.

If inherited money was bequeathed to you as an individual and has been held in its entirety in a separate account, it is likely to be excluded from financial negotiations and will be retained by you over and above any settlement that is agreed. However, each case will be decided on its merits and it is advisable to seek the advice of a family solicitor to find out how your specific circumstances might affect the outcome.

If the money has been held in an account that has been used for family expenses, or if a property has been transferred to joint names or used for the benefit of the family as a whole, it will be more difficult to argue that it should be protected.

Heirlooms and assets that have recently been bequeathed at the time of the divorce are more likely to be considered the sole property of the beneficiary.

Keep hold of documentation

Make sure you keep a copy of any paperwork that names you as the sole beneficiary of the inherited asset, as this may help your case.

Consider a pre-nup or post-nup

If you have received or know that you are going to receive an inheritance, a pre-nuptial agreement or post-nuptial agreement can help to shield those assets during divorce proceedings.

Maintain Separate Accounts

If you have been left a sum of money it should be held in a separate account in your sole name. Once the money has been held in a joint account it can be much more difficult to prove that it has not been used to benefit the family as a whole or to contribute to expenses such as mortgage payments, bills and home improvements.

Future inheritance

Future inheritance is unlikely to be considered as part of a divorce settlement unless the benefactor’s death is imminent and the amount substantial. If you are anticipating a sizeable inheritance in the future it would be sensible to discuss this with a family solicitor and consider a pre or post-nup agreement.

 

 

Andrew Meehan is individually recommended for family law by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor for divorce cases involving complex financial and property matters.

This article has been prepared with the aim of providing general information only and does not constitute legal advice in relation to any particular situation. While we aim to ensure that the information is correct at the date on which it is added to the website, the legal position can change frequently, and content will not always be updated following any relevant changes. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk. Harrogate Family Law accepts no liability whatsoever in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss or damage caused by or arising directly or indirectly in connection with any use or reliance on the contents of any part of our website, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

Warning for unmarried couples over common law marriage myth

As the trend for couples to live together without marrying continues to rise, efforts are underway to make them aware that common law marriage is a myth and they are not automatically entitled to the level of legal protection that applies to married couples.

There is still a misconception that couples who share their home and finances have certain rights, whether they are married or not. This assumption is unfortunately resulting in some people being left homeless and facing financial hardship if their relationship breaks down.

When to seek advice

Ideally, couples should seek legal advice when they first move in together but it can be done later, even when they have been living under the same roof for many years and perhaps have a family together. In fact, those who are in an established relationship like this, where assets and parental responsibilities are closely interwoven, are strongly urged to take action to protect themselves.

It is simply not true that if you have lived together for a long time and have a family together you are protected under “common law marriage” and are therefore more likely to be viewed by the courts as if you were a married couple. When married couples divorce, their assets are divided fairly. When cohabitees separate they have no automatic legal rights. They are not entitled to claim financial support from their partner and they have no right to a share of their pension. As far as the family home is concerned, for married couples this is dealt with under family law and is considered as part of the joint assets whereas for unmarried couples it is dealt with under property law. That leaves people vulnerable if they have moved into a property owned by their partner or their partner’s family.

How to protect yourself

The ideal time to take action is when you first move in together. It may not be the most romantic of conversations, but it’s an important one to have. This is when you can decide how the property will be owned and how bills will be shared.

We can help you draw up a cohabitation agreement that sets out how property and assets will be divided if you split up and whether you would like to put in place any provision for future financial support. It is important to remember that you will not automatically inherit property or other assets if one of you dies and it is therefore advisable to make wills.

As family law specialists, we can help you make the right decisions now to ensure you and your family are fully protected if your relationship breaks down in the future. Everybody’s personal circumstances are different and the arrangements made by one couple may not suit another. Our experience allows us to spot any potential pitfalls and set measures in place that will provide you with the best possible financial arrangement should you end up living apart.

What to do if your relationship is ending

 The law is complex and it is recommended that you seek advice from a lawyer who specialises in advising cohabitees.  A specialist lawyer will be able to advise on all of the options available to you because these vary from the obvious to the obscure.

Read Carol Jessop’s interview on this subject on Stray FM.

 

Andrew Meehan is individually recommended for family law by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is also a Resolution accredited specialist solicitor for divorce cases involving complex financial and property matters.

This article has been prepared with the aim of providing general information only and does not constitute legal advice in relation to any particular situation. While we aim to ensure that the information is correct at the date on which it is added to the website, the legal position can change frequently, and content will not always be updated following any relevant changes. In addition, everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be relied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@harrogatefamilylaw.co.uk. Harrogate Family Law accepts no liability whatsoever in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss or damage caused by or arising directly or indirectly in connection with any use or reliance on the contents of any part of our website, except to the extent that such liability cannot be excluded by law.

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