Divorce and separation can be an incredibly challenging time for you and your family. Sound legal advice and expert guidance can minimise the impact and stress on families or couples going through a divorce and ensure you and your family’s interests are looked after. With our personal and confidential service, we can help make the divorce process as smooth as possible, enabling you to look forward and move on.
KPL Solicitors offer expert divorce and family law advice. We advise on divorce, civil partnership dissolution, separation, parental issues, cohabitation issues, and property and financial matters.
Divorce in England is granted where there has been an ‘irreconcilable breakdown of marriage’. This may be based on adultery, desertion for more than two years, unreasonable behaviour, separation for two years with the other party’s consent or five years’ separation without the other party’s consent.
Our divorce solicitors will advise you on the most cost effective and efficient way to proceed with a divorce. By offering support and advice throughout we pride ourselves in being accessible and available, meaning we are able to act fast.
Cohabitation disputes are on the increase as more and more couples are deciding not to get married. There is also little in the way of legislation in place to protect unmarried couples and their children. This ultimately leads to issues over property ownership, childcare and residency. Speak to one of our team members today, so that we can help you protect yours and your family’s interests in a cohabitation dispute.
Financial Matters & Divorce/Separation
When a couple commences divorce proceedings, all income and assets of both parties are quantified, and then an agreement must be made on how they should be split, as well as other concerns, such as how the cost of school education will be met. At this stage, and agreement can be made on important decisions such as the payment of spousal maintenance, child support, transfers of property and pensions. An agreement will follow, or a court order where an agreement cannot be made.
Difficulties can arise in financial negotiation following separation. There is often conflict over whether assets should be regarded in law as “matrimonial” or “non-matrimonial,” i.e. whether or not they come under the type of asset that should be divided equally in a divorce, or those that belong separately to the original individual owner. The process of reaching a financial settlement varies depending on a number of factors; often financial settlements can be reached by negotiation, however, where there is a disagreement, it may be necessary to settle financial matters in court.
The following are some of the ways we can help you to prevent financial issues in marriage/partnerships:
Deeds of Separation
If you decide to separate as a couple, but don’t want to commence divorce proceedings, you may decide to make what is known as a Deed of Separation with your partner. The Deed of Separation is a formal document listing any agreed financial arrangements and any relevant information related to the separation, such as the date of separation. It is signed by both parties, and usually, where necessary, forms the basis of a court order (even though it is not legally binding in itself).
Prenuptial Agreements are a good way for couples to agree from the outset on financial matters should the relationship end. Although prenuptial agreements are not legally binding, they are increasingly being recognised by the courts as being of importance. You can decide on the division of assets and property and agree on any financial provisions to be made.
Cohabitation agreements are a way for unmarried couples to protect themselves from litigation and dispute should their relationship come to an end, and will include agreements on areas such as property rights, joint property, financial support and child care. If you would like to know more about how we can help to arrange an agreement for you and your partner, contact us today.
Relationships do not come with a health warning but we can help you with whatever you are facing. If you are looking for advice on divorce, separation or prenuptial arrangements, contact our experts today. Our solicitors always act for clients in complete confidence, and we aim to exceed our clients’ expectations by offering thorough, expert legal guidance, paying a high level of attention to detail in everything we do. We work hard to keep our clients informed every step of the way, and will always be upfront about fees or any costs that may arise throughout the process.
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