Understanding your financial rights and obligations when you separate from your spouse or partner is likely to be an important issue for you.
We provide bespoke advice and guidance on all of the financial issues that arise on divorce or separation, whether this relates to maintenance claims, property, pension sharing or the impact of any family wealth or business assets that may be involved.
If you're just starting a new relationship and would like advice on how best to arrange your affairs in case of problems later on, we can help you to set up pre-nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements that help to protect individual wealth.
For more information and to make an appointment at our Southampton office, please contact Debra Emery.
For Richmond and City appointments please contact Jan Galloway.
Financial claims for unmarried couples
The law relating to unmarried couples is vastly different to the law for those who are married. Regardless of the length of your relationship, on a breakdown your rights and obligations to each other are limited. Where there are children involved, there may be additional financial claims that can be made on their behalf as well as special rules that relate to the family home.
We can advise you fully about the rights and obligations, whatever your family arrangement, and advise you how best to move your matters forward towards a resolution.
Financial claims for children
Making sure your children' futures are secured financially will be one of the most important aspects of your separation or divorce. Whether or not there are any other assets involved, the needs of any children are likely to be paramount.
There are a number of financial claims that could be made on behalf of children including property adjustment, maintenance and lump sums. Each matter will depend upon the individual facts but it would be important to obtain comprehensive legal advice early on so that you fully understand the landscape.