Whether you need to protect your wealth or ensure you receive a fair settlement, our expert divorce lawyers and in-house accountants will be by your side.
What is a financial settlement?
The act of divorce itself does not put an end to the financial relationship between you and your partner. To separate your finances, you must reach a financial settlement; a legally binding decision on how assets and wealth will be split now the marriage has ended.
Do I need a financial settlement?
Even when you are divorced, without a settlement you both still retain the ability to make financial claims against each other. You can get a financial settlement at any time during proceedings. Reaching an agreement will depend on your relationship and the complexity of the assets.
Our expertise in all divorce related financial matters
Whether you are protecting your wealth or negotiating for a fair settlement, English law will look to share the assets built up during the course of your marriage: property, shares, money. savings, pensions and assets.
The first step is to identify the right process for you and your ex-partner to come to an agreement and your assets, home and ongoing spousal maintenance.
There are several routes available:
Agreeing arrangements with your ex-partner asking your lawyer to make the agreement legally binding Ask your lawyer to negotiate with your partner for you to get to an agreement Mediation Collaborative Law Arbitration Go to Court
Going to court
If both parties cannot reach an agreement and settle out-of-court then a Judge will have the final decision on how the assets are split.
This decision will be influenced by how long you have been married along with age, ability to earn, property, role in the marriage and standard of living.
The Court will always strive to divide the assets in the fairest way but arrangements for the children will always take priority including maintenance and housing.
Court proceedings can also help when you are not getting all the financial information you need, complex financial issues, domestic violence – or the threat of it or an international element.
Untangling complicated assets
It is important that both parties provide a clear picture of all assets to ensure a fair settlement but this is not always the case.
If your instinct is telling you that assets have been hidden or the figures are not adding up, our in-house accountants are on hand to untangle finances, both personal and business, to identify any discrepancies, including revealing hidden assets and income.
Where to find us
We have divorce lawyers in offices throughout Britain including London, Birmingham, York, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham and Leeds, along with towns including Harrogate, Wilmslow, Beverley, Ilkley, Wetherby and Winchester.
Approachable and professional practice that has the client's interest at heart.
Stowe Family Law are forward thinking and are not short of new, exciting ideas of how family law should be in the ever evolving market.
The family team are thoroughly prepared and deal with complex financial remedy issues.
Client: Legal 500
Lawyer: Kate Sarsfield
Stowe Family Law provided professional support and direction during a difficult and contentious divorce proceeding, involving court settlements for financial and child custody elements. Despite demanding court deadlines and some challenges associated with exchanges between solicitors, Kate (and the Stowe Family Law team) was always able to meet deadlines and even contacted me outside of normal working hours when swift communication and action was required. I found Kate’s review and crafting of legal documents to be very helpful. Kate was able to recommend and co-ordinate with a very competent barrister to represent me during the court appearances and supported those interactions herself during those times. Although going through a divorce can be an incredibly sad and harrowing time, the legal services that were afforded by Kate did aid in making me feel supported and professionally guided during the overall process.
Client: Mr C
Lawyer: Jennifer Reddy
Having recently completed Financial Remedy proceedings through Stowe Family Law, I have no hesitation in recommending Jennifer Reddy. Jennifer made the potentially unwieldy legal process considerably less difficult. Her helpful and professional advice meant that I always had a clear understanding of the options available to me, and her support in preparing for my hearing allowed me to feel confident when I went into court. Thanks to Jennifer’s knowledge and guidance, the outcome of my case was far better than I had ever thought possible.
Client: Mr H
Lawyer: Joanna Newton
Joanna Newton is tough, knowledgeable and dependable, she listened to me and discussed my options with me. She advised me where I stood and what my rights and my ex-husband's rights were. She gave me trusted advice about my home and financial security. I would recommend Joanna without any reservations.
Client: Ms G
Lawyer: Louise Chipchase
I approached Louise to help me with my, divorce, finances and safeguarding issues around my children . Louise was extremely professional, friendly and knowledgeable. She offered me so much support and guidance and was with me every step of the way. It never felt like anything was too much trouble and I always felt reassured. I would highly recommend Louise at Stowe family law, if you are looking for a highly professional and superb service then I suggest you instruct Stowe family law to act on your behalf as I am so grateful that I did.
Client: Mrs H
Lawyer: Paul Linsdell
I would like to thank Paul Linsdell and the team at Stowe Family Law for their care and compassion during my divorce proceedings on both child and financial matters. From my very first dealings with Paul I felt supported; his calm demeanour and pragmatic advice I had the upmost confidence in. I was guided through each step of the process and Paul really listened and understood my wants and needs. Whilst I hope to never have to go through such a personally difficult time again, I would recommend Stowe Family Law (Winchester) to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation.
Client: Ms A
Lawyer: Jemma Slavin
Jemma Slavin is a passionate advocate of her clients’ causes and knows each case extremely well. Jemma is alive to what the client needs from the legal proceedings and does all she can to help them achieve it.
Client: Legal 500
Lawyer: Niamh McCarthy
May I take this opportunity to personally thank you for your support at this difficult time. I very much appreciated your flexibility and responsiveness to such tight turnaround times. I received a thorough, professional yet compassionate service.