Finances and divorce
Our legal team provides expert advice and representation for divorce finances and financial settlements, helping clients navigate complex financial issues and achieve fair and equitable outcomes.
Our experienced family lawyers are here to provide you with expert advice and guidance on all aspects of divorce finances. Our aim is to help you move forward with your life, with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your financial future is secure.
Settling financial issues can be a cause of disagreements during a divorce or separation. Financial settlements can be complex, especially if there are numerous assets involved. Yet addressing your finances on a separation or divorce doesn’t have to be a bone of contention. Pragmatic and intelligent legal advice can help you reach an arrangement that’s acceptable to both of you, calmly and effectively.
If you’re just starting a new relationship, it could be a good time to arrange your financial affairs, so it’s easier to settle any financial disputes if they occur later. The best way to achieve this is to get legal advice on a pre-nuptial agreement or cohabitation agreement.
If you have received a divorce application unexpectedly, or you believe that your partner is separating finances before divorce proceedings are issued in an attempt to hide or dispose of assets, you need to seek legal advice immediately to make sure your interests are protected. Managing finances after divorce proceedings have been finalised can be difficult, so it’s always advised to start seeking professional advice as soon as you are sure that the relationship is ending. It is important to try to reach an agreement regarding finances before divorce proceedings are finalised and coming to a financial settlement that both parties agree to, it can bring things to a quicker and cleaner end.
What are financial settlements in divorce?
A financial settlement in a divorce refers to how the assets and liabilities are divided between the spouses upon a divorce. This can include property, pensions, savings, investments, and debts. The division of finances will depend on the specific circumstances of the case, including the length of the marriage, the contributions of each spouse, and the future needs of each spouse. A court may also consider any pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements.
Financial claims for unmarried couples
The law regarding unmarried couples is very different to that for married couples. No matter how long you’ve lived together, your rights and obligations to each other in a relationship breakdown are limited. If there are children involved, there may be additional financial claims made on their behalf, as well as special rules relating to the family home.
We can explain your rights and obligations, including how they’re affected if you have a family, and help you move on to find a resolution.
Financial claims for children
Making sure your children are financially secure for the future will be one of the most important aspects of your separation or divorce. There are several financial claims that can be made on their behalf, including ensuring suitable property arrangements, paying or receiving maintenance and how to handle lump sums.
The solutions will depend on your specific situation, so it’s best to get comprehensive, personal legal advice. We will listen, make sure we understand and then use our extensive legal expertise to help find effective and acceptable answers.
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Further financial advice before divorce
There are other financial aspects that we can help you resolve if you’re divorcing or separating, such as property, pension sharing, family wealth and whether one or both of you have a business or are both involved in the same business.
Separating finances in divorce or separation may not always be straightforward but having legal assistance to look after your best interests can make a significant difference to the outcome.
Many of our clients are company directors and professionals with significant business assets, and we have established an impressive reputation for handling divorces involving company assets and family businesses. There’s more information about what is involved and how we can help, on our business and divorce page.
How are finances split in a divorce?
There is no simple answer to how finances are split in a divorce, as there are many factors that have to be taken into account, as well as the individual circumstances of the couple or family. Every marriage and divorce is different, so the settlement that the couple come to will be different in every case. If there is a pre-nuptial agreement in place (also known as a prenup or prenuptial agreement), this can make things easier to agree on, but UK courts have the discretion to disregard this document if they deem it unfair towards any children of the marriage.
Why choose our solicitors to help with divorce finances?
Here at Moore Barlow our solicitors are the best choice to help with divorce finances because we have extensive experience in managing complex financial settlements. We understand the emotional and financial stress that comes with divorce and will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive a fair settlement. With their expertise, you can be assured that your financial future is in good hands.
How can our solicitors help with divorce finances?
If you need a divorce solicitor who can provide expert guidance and support during the complex process of dividing finances during a seperation, our team at Moore Barlow can help. We can help negotiate fair settlements, advise on tax implications, and ensure that all assets and debts are accounted for. With our experience and knowledge, we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
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Frequently asked questions about divorce finances
How to protect your finances in a divorce
Finances in a divorce can be complex and there are many variables and different circumstances that can affect who has a right to which assets in the event that the marriage breaks down and you decide to divorce. It’s important to take expert legal advice as soon as you think that the marriage is coming to an end, so that you can ensure that your financial interests are being represented by specialists.
In the UK, the starting point for dividing marital assets is 50/50, but there are many things that can change that kind of ratio, so it’s important to get specialist legal advice quickly so that you can find the best approach for your specific circumstances.
Can you get divorced without sorting out finances?
It is possible for a divorce to be finalised without the couple sorting out their finances in England and Wales, but this is usually a very unwise situation to be in as it can mean your partner may have future claims against you that have an impact on finances.
It is recommended that you come to a financial settlement, that both parties agree to, before the divorce is finalised, as this means that everyone knows where they stand financially and can start to move forward with their life without any potential future claims putting this at risk.
How divorce affects finances
Divorce can have a significant impact on finances as it often involves dividing assets and liabilities. This can result in the loss of shared income and increased expenses with the need to maintain two separate households. Additionally, legal fees and alimony or child support payments can further strain finances.
How are finances sorted in a divorce?
How finances are sorted in a divorce depends on many different factors and the willingness of those involved to come to a fair agreement. If there are lots of different assets involved, especially if some are tied up in trusts, businesses or assets in other countries, it can make the situation very complex. This is why it’s so important to take specialist legal advice on finances as quickly as possible once it’s known that the marriage is going to end.
How to sort out your finances and assets on divorce or separation
Sorting out finances and assets on divorce or separation can be a real challenge, especially if the situation is quite complex and there is no prenuptial agreement in place. Some of the areas considered include:
- The marital assets and how they should be divided.
- The future needs of each party, plus those of any children of the family.
- How to best achieve a financial clean break, so there are no joint financial links or continuing claims between the couple (apart from child maintenance, if applicable) going forward.
It’s important that your financial interests are protected during a divorce, which is why ensuring that you take specialist legal advice as early as possible is essential.
How do you split finances when divorcing?
The division of finances during divorce typically involves evaluating and dividing assets, such as property, investments, and debts, either through negotiation or court intervention. It often requires gathering financial information, assessing contributions, and considering factors like the length of the marriage, each party’s financial needs, and potential income disparities to reach an equitable settlement.
How is child support determined in a divorce?
Child support is typically determined based on several factors such as the income of both parents, the number of children involved, and the custody arrangement. The court takes into account the financial needs of the child and the ability of each parent to contribute to their support.
Can I protect my retirement accounts and investments during a divorce?
Yes, you can protect your retirement accounts and investments during a divorce by seeking the help of a qualified attorney who specialises in divorce and property division. They can guide you through the legal process and help ensure that your assets are properly protected.
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Our team accreditations
Moore Barlow is a highly reputable outfit offering an impressive team of lawyers acting on high-value, complex financial disputes arising out of marriage or relationship breakdown. The team demonstrates particular experience in matters involving corporate assets, properties, inherited wealth and trusts both in the UK and offshore. It also acts on complex private law children cases with a particular focus on child arrangement orders and relocation cases. The firm has additional experience in high-value nuptial agreements, TOLATA proceedings and pension arrangements.
Chambers & Partners
Moore Barlow are the go-to family team in the area, offering strength in depth. They work collaboratively with each other on cases and ensure that cases are appropriately allocated in accordance with their complexity. The firm is capable of dealing with HNW cases involving complex financial structures, including trust and companies here and abroad. Having other departments with in-house expertise in relation to trusts, companies, wills and other private wealth services enhances the service they provide to clients.
I have felt very comfortable dealing with them despite the difficulty of the situation and have welcomed their calm, objective and outcome-oriented advice and work.
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Highly effective, polished, and impressive. Remarkably calm under any pressure, it would seem. More than capable of the biggest cases. A winning combination of judgement, intelligence, client care, and astute tactics.
There are a number of key individuals who are impressive to deal with when dealing with complex financial matters. The team work well together and appear to deliver a strong service to clients. Many of the team are professional to deal with and have specialist expertise in dealing with high-net-worth individuals.
The team are all very approachable, they offer excellent client service. They provide client’s with realistic and pragmatic advice. They manage their client’s expectations. It is great having them on the other side as they are easy to work with and want to achieve what is best for the clients and their family.