Needs We Serve

Needs We Serve

We are specialist Family Law Solicitors.

DIVORCE

A divorce is an order by the court to legally end your marriage.

You can apply for a divorce in England and Wales after 12 months of marriage, issues may arise in respect of habitual residence and domicile. Currently you will need to show you have grounds for divorce.

The individual starting the divorce will be the Petitioner, who will prepare the divorce petition. A simple divorce can commence through the online divorce service, however complexities arise through divorces that are contested i.e. your partner has applied for a divorce and you do not accept the terms of the divorce or you wish to remain married.

The next two key stages in the divorce are Decree Nisi and Decree Absolute. The process can take around 4 to 6 months.

We can also assist you with advice regarding annulment.

Please do contact us to discuss a ‘non-fault divorce’.

High Net Worth Divorce

We have expertise in High Net Worth divorce and complex financial assets.

Our recent cases include:

  • Acting for an ultra HNW individual of Swiss nationality, where we advised him on separation from his former partner and drafted a Separation Agreement.
  • Negotiating a divorce for a wealthy entrepreneur with business assets worth £70 million. The agreement was reached outside of court.
  • Advising a client in a divorce with international assets based in the UAE, the case also required knowledge of Sharia law.
Relationship Breakdown

We shall guide you through the process of separating from your partner.

If you have a property together we shall advise you as to your entitlement to such property, if an agreement cannot be reached out of court, then we may advise you to issue a claim under TOLATA (Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996).

If you have children, you may be able to bring a claim under Schedule 1 of The Children Act 1989 for maintenance, allowance, school fees etc. The ‘payer’ will need to earn over £156,000 gross pa.

Please click on the following calculator to assess what level of child maintenance you should receive or pay https://www.gov.uk/calculate-child-maintenance.

Financial Settlement

We will achieve a financial settlement that is fair and meets your needs.

Your divorce financial settlement is recorded in a Court Order, if you simply divorce in England and Wales and do not have a Court Order, claims can be brought against you in the future. There is no time limit for claims. The Court Order is binding and can be obtained by consent, negotiation through solicitors, mediation, collaborative process or via court proceedings.

The court will consider capital claims such as property, investments etc, maintenance, both child and spousal maintenance and pension claims.

We will robustly defend you against such claims or advise you on your entitlement. We are highly experienced in financial work and we work with the most skilled barristers in the country.

Domestic Abuse

We are very passionate about protecting individuals who have been the victim of domestic abuse. A common misconception is that the abuse you suffer should be physical. Abuse can be verbal, financial, emotional, psychological or physical.

We can protect you with a Non-Molestation Order or Occupation Order. We can typically help individuals who are not assisted by the Police, where bail conditions are ending, or impending violence.

No one should suffer abuse- no excuses and no one should be subjected to a false accusation.

Child Contact

Your child is our priority.

We are specialists in children matters and have experience in the most complex of cases. We are parents and understand how important your child’s welfare is to you. Our expertise range from International children disputes to everyday issues regarding contact. We can guide you through the process and have relationships with the most skilled barristers in the country.

We know matters concerning your children are close to your heart and we shall fight for your desired outcome.

Pre- Nupital Agreements/ Post- Nupital Agreements

We are experts in Nupital Agreements. A Pre-Nupital Agreement is a written agreement made by a couple who intend to get married. We can work with you to record a financial settlement if you were to sadly separate or divorce.

After your marriage you can enter into a Post Nuptial Agreement to also record your financial settlement if you were to divorce. The document can be used to reflect changes in your personal circumstances.

We would advise you to enter into a nupital agreement to protect inherited wealth, businesses, second marriage or to benefit existing children.

We can protect your financial assets with a nupital agreement.

Wills

We can recommend a highly skilled solicitor who has expertise in wills and probate claims.