Divorce and Finances
‘I greatly appreciate all the work you have done on my behalf and I have felt secure in the fact that you have looked out for my interests even when I was ready to give in for ease.’
We are one of the most highly qualified divorce finance solicitors practices in Harrogate. Andrew Meehan of Harrogate Family Law has been independently assessed as a Resolution specialisit in handling complex divorce cases securing injunctions to protect against a disposal of assets.
The courts in England have a very wide discretion when deciding what a divorce and finances settlement should be. They have to achieve a 'fair' outcome. A consequence of this is that a wide number of outcomes might be considered 'fair' even though the amount of the settlement can vary widely. As a result, it is crucial that you have a divorce solicitor you can trust and who has the skills, knowledge and experience you need to secure your financial future.
This can be broken down into four stages:
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 will also ensure that you have sufficient resources to meet your most pressing needs while we negotiate your financial settlement.
Next, we insist on obtaining full disclosure of your husband or wife's assets and income. We work closely with the country's top forensic accountants to trace undisclosed assets or to value business or trust interests. We also work closely with surveyors to ensure that property valuations are accurate.
Once you are satisfied that full disclosure has been given, we then negotiate hard for you to ensure that you obtain the financial settlement you deserve. Depending on the assets involved, it may be necessary to involve a tax adviser at this stage to structure the settlement tax efficiently.
In the vast majority of our cases, there is no need for court proceedings, which can be time-consuming, stressful and expensive. We are committed instead to resolving cases by negotiation – we also offer the Collaborative Family Law option to resolve divorce and finances 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.
Once the settlement has been decided on, it then has to be implemented. We can also involve a financial adviser at this stage to recommend how best to invest your settlement.
To arrange a FREE 30 minute interview with a divorce and family law solicitor, please click here or call on 01423 594 680. We are available seven days a week.