If you and your spouse have agreed to a divorce, one of the biggest considerations is how you divide any assets you have. This is particularly important if you have children together. In the past this was referred to as ancillary relief.
The assets that you will need to divide include:
There are two ways you can divide your assets following a divorce; settling out of court with a mediator, or letting a judge decide in court. Our experienced divorce solicitors can help whatever process is used.
Mediation can be the quickest, easiest, cheapest and most amicable way to settle the division of assets. Mediation allows each party to suggest their own solutions and can me far more flexible than court decisions. Once both sides agree a Consent Order is drafted to make the agreement legally binding. We can offer advice and help to mediate as well as drafting the Consent Order. However, if mediation is unsuccessful then you can still take the case to court.
If mediation has failed or if you are exempt from mediation, due to domestic violence or another clause, your case will be taken to court for a judge to decide. The decision will be based on a number of factors including: the length of your marriage, age, earning ability, standard of living and your role within the marriage.
Our team of divorce lawyers will support and advise you through the process to ensure you receive a financial settlement that is fair for your circumstances.