With so many couples now relying on the Bank of Mum and Dad when they set up home together, divorce throws up a whole new set of problems for parents who want to safeguard the investment they made in the early stages of the relationship.
When a marriage breaks down the rawness of emotion can make it hard to negotiate a fair settlement. Poor communication is usually a contributing factor in relationship breakdown which is why separating couples often need our help to reach agreements.
The pension reforms which came in in April 2016 enabling pensioners to cash in their pensions can have a significant impact on couples who opt to divorce later in life.
For a divorce to be granted by the courts there needs to be evidence that the marriage has irretrievably broken down – but what’s a good reason for getting divorced and just how far do you have to go in order to prove your marriage is over?
There’s a general assumption that hiring a family law expert is expensive and there’s always somebody who knows someone who has a horror story about how much their divorce solicitor cost.
Before divorce papers can be served and the divorce process set in motion you will have sat down with your solicitor and discussed your situation in depth. This is an important first step because it allows you to think about the outcome you want to achieve and make sure you are prepared for the road ahead.
An increasing number of unmarried couples are buying a home together before marriage, or without any plans to marry, but few are aware of the steps they should be taking to protect themselves if the relationship fails.
When couples who have children together separate, both parents are responsible for contributing financially towards the upbringing of their children, regardless of whether they see their children. Child maintenance is payable for children under 20 and in full-time education.
Tax may not be at the top of the list of priorities for couples going through separation and divorce but it is extremely important to consider the tax implications as early as possible to avoid the taxman taking too large a share of your financial settlement.
Harrogate Family Law has been ranked as a leader in its field by Chambers UK 2018, a top authority on the legal profession.
The announcement comes following the completion of research for the Chambers UK 2018 guide ahead of its publication in the autumn.
Andrew Meehan, who founded Harrogate Family Law in 2010, said he was delighted that the firm had been ranked as a regional leader in family law following last year’s top tier ranking.
“Chambers UK carries out extensive peer research and analyses feedback from clients during its comprehensive analysis of the legal profession nationwide which makes this ‘Leaders in the Field’ ranking so important,” said Andrew.
“Harrogate Family Law set out to become a specialist and by developing a culture of empathy alongside our strong technical competence we have successfully differentiated ourselves from other practitioners in our region.”
More detailed rankings for individual lawyers and firms will be published by Chambers UK in October.