Some parts of divorce proceedings can be dealt with on a fixed fee basis, such as completing and filing the divorce petition and applying to a court for a Consent Order to formalise any voluntary agreement you make.
The legal procedures surrounding divorce can appear daunting and many people assume conflict is inevitable. However, with the right legal guidance, it is usually possible to navigate the divorce process and get a fair separation amicably.
At Braddon & Snow our family team are available every step of the way to provide you with the support and strong advice you require at a difficult stage in your life. This is from the initial filing of the petition at the Family Court to the stage where the divorce is officially pronounced.
With the financial aspects of any separation this can be a very complex and ever-changing area of the law. The complexity is contributed by the fact there is not one right answer to a financial settlement meaning there can be a range of possible outcomes.
Our experienced family team can advise you on this complex area of the law in a manner that ensures you are clear and confident as to the options that are available to you. There are so many issues that could need to be resolved within this area of the law including:
- Division of family assets, including the family home
- Pensions and savings
- Division of family businesses
- Ongoing maintenance
The work required will depend upon the complexity of your case, however we offer an initial appointment of £75.00 plus VAT during which our family lawyer will discuss the process and give you an indication of the costs that you are likely to incur from the outset.
Our family law specialist is a member of Resolution, an network of family lawyers committed to removing unnecessary conflict from divorce and family law. This reflects our commitment to helping clients through divorce in a constructive, non-confrontational way.
With local offices in Hoddesdon and Broxbourne, we work with clients from across Hertfordshire, as well as a growing number of clients elsewhere in England, Wales and abroad.
Our team are also happy to speak over the phone, via email or through videoconferencing for your safety and convenience.
For a friendly, informal discussion about how our family lawyers can help you get the right divorce settlement for your needs and those of your loved ones, please get in touch:
How we help you get the right divorce financial settlement for your needs
There are many different things to consider when making a financial settlement, including both parties’ income and needs, as well as the needs of any children. Our first step will be to talk openly with you about what you are hoping to achieve, both financially and in terms of what relationship (if any) you wish to have with your former partner in future.
Our team have strong skills in constructive negotiation and we can refer clients for options such as mediation where appropriate. Both options can be highly effective for making an amicable financial settlement during divorce, meaning contentious divorce proceedings will not be needed in most cases.
Where family court proceedings are needed to get you a fair settlement, we work closely with you to make the process the least stressful we can. We will make sure you know what to expect, including the likely outcomes, and that you have the best possible representation for any hearings that take place.
Whatever approach is needed, our family lawyers will be by your side, every step of the way, giving you all of the legal and emotional support you need.
Our divorce settlement pricing
For more complex work, we will typically work to an agreed hourly rate. We will provide a realistic estimate of costs and keep you updated about expenditure, so you always remain in control of the cost of your divorce settlement.
Divorce financial settlement FAQs
- What am I entitled to in a divorce settlement?
- How long does it take to get a divorce settlement?
- Will I have to go to court to get a financial settlement for divorce?
- Is a voluntary divorce settlement legally binding?
The starting point for any divorce settlement is that the couple’s assets will be split 50:50. However, in practice this is often not what actually happens as the needs of both parties and any children must be taken into account.
When making a divorce settlement, key things that will be considered include each party’s:
- Financial needs (and the needs of any children)
- Responsibilities (including towards any children)
- Standard of living while married
- Contributions to the marriage (both financial and non-financial)
- Loss of benefits due to the divorce (e.g. pension entitlements)
This will entirely depend on the circumstances. In general, if your finances are relatively straightforward and both parties are willing to agree a voluntary settlement, the process can be completed in a matter of months. However, where court proceedings are required, it can take much longer.
It is unlikely contentious court proceedings will be needed in most cases. However, this depends on how willing both parties are to agree a settlement.
Methods such as constructive negotiation and mediation are now much more common than court proceedings for financial settlements. These non-confrontational approaches not only avoid unnecessary conflict, but can also allow you to achieve a financial separation faster and with lower legal costs compared to court proceedings.
No, but it can be made so by applying to a court for a ‘Consent Order’.
Your solicitor will need to draft an application for a Consent Order for you and submit this to your local family court. As long as the court feels the agreement is fair, they will then issue the Consent Order. Once this is done, the terms contained in the Consent Order will be legally binding on both parties, providing certainty for the future.
Speak with our divorce solicitors in Hoddesdon & Broxbourne
For a friendly, informal discussion about how our family lawyers can help you get the right divorce settlement for your needs and those of your loved ones, please get in touch.