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Divorce and Family Finance Solicitors
At Johnson Astills, we understand how daunting it can be when you are separating, especially when you are faced with making so many decisions about your finances.
Whether you need advice about keeping or selling the family home, whether you can claim child or spousal maintenance, or how you should divide your savings or pensions, you can be confident that our experienced family team will guide and reassure you every step of the way.
Where your relationship breakdown is amicable, we can help you to find a suitable mediator or you may choose to instruct our collaborative lawyer who can help you achieve a settlement through constructive negotiation and discussion via a series of client-focused and client-led round table meetings
Alternatively, you may prefer to leave your separation in our capable hands and we can deal with your partner’s solicitor on your behalf, and negotiate the best possible settlement for you.
Should you need to apply to the court, our family team has many years of experience and we will fight your corner if your divorce becomes acrimonious.
Whichever option is best for you, we will provide an efficient friendly service, to give you the confidence you need in planning for the future of you and your family.
How we can help you with divorce financial settlements and other family financial matters
Divorce financial settlements
In most cases, the best option for separating your finances during divorce or civil partnership dissolution is to agree a settlement voluntarily. This can keep the process amicable and less stressful, as well as saving you a lot of time and legal costs.
Our divorce financial settlement solicitors can assist with negotiating a settlement or formalising a settlement you have already agreed with a Consent Order. We employ methods including collaborative law, which can be highly effective for even the most complex circumstances. We can also assist with referrals to mediation.
Applying for a Family Court for a Financial Order
Should you be unable to agree a financial settlement, it may be necessary to take the matter to a Family Court. There a judge can make a decision about how your finances should be separated to meet both parties’ needs.
Our divorce finance solicitors can assist with applying to the Family Courts for a Financial Order, as well as making representations to the Court if your former partner has made an application. By working with you to build a strong case, we can give you the best chance of securing a fair settlement that reflects your needs and requirements.
Whether you need to make child maintenance arrangements or require assistance with securing payment of agreed child maintenance, getting expert legal support can make all the difference.
Our child maintenance lawyers can advise you on how to determine your child’s needs and the various options for securing and/or enforcing a settlement, making sure your children’s needs are met.
Prenuptial agreements & postnuptial agreements
It is increasingly common for couples to protect their financial positions with a prenuptial agreement (prenup) or postnuptial agreement (postnup). This can prevent confusion and conflict in the event of a separation and, as long as the documents are properlydrafted, they will usually be taken into consideration by a Court if formal proceedings are subsequently initiated. The legal position in relation to these agreements is evolving and complex and if you are considering this mechanism to protect and safeguard your assets then it is an absolute requirement that you have taken legal advice beforehand.
Our family finance solicitors can assist with drafting and reviewing prenups and postnups, as well as advising on their application during divorce.
Where you wish to separate from your partner but are not ready to divorce or are unable to do so (e.g. for religious reasons), it may be sensible to make a separation agreement. This can allow you and your spouse to agree how your finances should be divided so both of your needs, and the needs of any children you have, are met.
Our family finance solicitors can assist with drafting and reviewing separation agreements that match your requirements, giving you financial security at this difficult time.
Property matters for unmarried couples
Couples who are neither married nor in a civil partnership have no automatic legal right to each other’s property. This can make separation more complicated, especially if, like many people, you had mistakenly assumed you did have financial and property rights under the principle of “common law marriage” (which is a myth).
Our family finance/civil lawyers can advise unmarried couples on making a cohabitation agreement to define how your finances will be separated if you do ever split up. We can also assist with sorting out your property interests uponseparation, helping avoid the need to involve the court.
Our divorce settlement and family finance fees
We are able to assist with some divorce and financial matters on a fixed fee basis. Please see the following pages:
Where you require ongoing support or your matter is not covered by a fixed fee we will typically charge an hourly rate dependent on the level of expertise required. In such cases, we will always provide a realistic estimate of costs upfront and keep you appraised of all expenditure.
Find out more about our fees.
Why Johnson Astills is the right choice for divorce and family finances advice
At Johnson Astills, our aim is to help families to put in place fair and reasonable financial arrangements that meet needs and requirements .Wherever possible, we prefer to do this amicably through methods such as constructive negotiation and collaborative law, and can assist with referrals to mediation. However, where required, we can provide firm representation to protect your interests.
Our divorce and family finance solicitors have particular expertise in complex and high value divorce financial settlements, including those that involve businesses and international assets.
Our team includes members of Resolution, the leading UK network for family lawyers, with a focus on promoting a non-confrontational approach to family law to help achieve the best outcomes for families.
We are Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for the high standards of our legal practices, and are independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
Get in touch with our divorce and family finance solicitors in Leicester and Loughborough
For help with making a divorce financial settlement or dealing with any other family financial matters in Leicester, Loughborough and the surrounding area, please get in touch.
For further information, please contact the Family Team at Johnson Astills on 0116 255 4855 to book an initial fixed fee consultation.