When a marriage or relationship breaks down it is a difficult and distressing time for the whole family. In the midst of this upheaval you will also need to make tough decisions about how your money, property and any other assets should be divided.
In order to make these decisions you need an expert to guide you through the process and to make sure that your interests are safeguarded.
What factors are taken into account when trying to reach a financial settlement?
There are a series of factors that are taken into account when reaching a financial settlement. Where children are involved their welfare and future financial support is always the first consideration.
The following factors will be considered:
- your available income, capital and other resources
- the financial needs of both parties
- your ages and the duration of the marriage
- the standard of living enjoyed by both parties before the breakdown of the marriage
- any physical disability or mental incapacity of either party
- the contributions made by both parties
- the behaviour of either party that was so extreme that it would be unfair to disregard it
Our specialist family lawyers will quickly assess your circumstances and provide realistic advice on your financial position. We negotiate firmly but fairly to achieve a settlement that meets your needs. Whilst we will make every attempt to reach a negotiated settlement, our team has years of collective experience when it comes to taking court proceedings, helping you to achieve a reasonable settlement for you and your family that may include:
- orders relating to properties
- orders requiring a payment of a lump sum
- maintenance orders for spouses and children
- the division of pension benefits
- overseas assets
- trust assets
Why go to Birchall Blackburn Law?
We provide robust but sympathetic advice from a team of accessible experts whose experience and technical knowledge places them at the forefront of this area of legal practice.
As members of Resolution and the Law Society’s Family Law Panel they will use their expertise, years of collective experience in negotiation, court applications and hearing to get the best result for you.
How much do financial disputes cost?
The cost varies depending on what is involved and the work required. We offer a one hour fixed fee initial appointment during which we will assess your circumstances. We will then explain the costs involved and give you information about the funding options available to you.
If you choose to fund the work privately, we may be able to offer a fixed fee service for relatively straightforward matters. In more complicated cases, we offer flexible payment arrangements and will always provide a detailed cost estimate in writing at the outset. We will update you regularly and help you to budget.