Taking the decision to separate is not an easy one and the added complexity of living in the same home can make the situation feel unbearable.
Deciding to get a divorce is difficult. It may feel like your life is being turned upside down. However, it is possible to take control of the situation and make it work for you.
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.
We understand that the prospect of divorce, if you are financially dependent on your spouse, can be scary and seem impossible. You might be wary of obtaining legal advice because you are unsure how you will pay for it.
Being dependent on your spouse is really common. It is not a barrier to divorce and there are many ways that we can assist you to secure your financial future.
How we can help
We understand that an immediate worry is how you will manage to live once you have separated from your partner. How will you pay the bills and feed both yourself and your children? We are expert negotiators and can assist you in negotiating with your partner to provide you with financial support throughout the divorce process whilst long-term financial arrangements are negotiated.
If your partner is unwilling to engage in these negotiations we can make an application to the court. However, this is a last resort and 95% of our cases settle outside of court.
Whilst we appreciate that paying for legal costs can be worrying prospect, it is important that you take specialist family law advice at the earliest opportunity. With regard to funding your costs, we can assist in negotiating with your partner to help you with your fees. If this is unsuccessful, we can discuss alternative methods of funding with you.
There are also ways to minimise your legal fees and we recently compiled a blog based around this which can you read here.
Ultimately, whilst your financial situation is of course important, financial dependence on your partner is not a barrier to divorce. If you are not happy and feel your marriage has come to an end, we are here to help.
Call us today on 01423 594680.
Andrew Meehan is an experienced family lawyer specialising in complex divorces involving significant or hidden assets, as well as cases involving children.
He is recommended for family law by both Chambers 2019 (York, Hull and surrounding regions) and the Legal 500 2018 (Leeds/West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire region).
Everyone’s circumstances are different and this article is provided by way of general information only and must not be replied upon. If you require legal advice on a family law issue, please feel free to contact us by emailing email@example.com.
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