When a relationship breaks down you need to think about how you are going to arrange your finances so that you and your former partner can go your separate ways. You will both need somewhere to live and access to enough money to cover outgoings. The payment of debts will also need to be considered, as will the ongoing needs of your children.
The best way to resolve financial matters is through agreement, although the family court is always available to help where this is not possible. Regard needs to be had to the extensive legal rights afforded to married couples and civil partners when a relationship ends in divorce or civil partnership dissolution, and to the relatively few rights enjoyed by unmarried couples.
Whatever your circumstances, the family law specialists at Hatten Wyatt Solicitors in Kent can help you to agree:
- what should happen to the family home and any further properties you or your partner own, both here and abroad;
- how other assets or personal possessions should be split;
- how money in the bank and investments should be shared;
- what should happen to inherited money and income received from a trust;
- how pensions ought to be dealt with;
- how business interests should to be valued;
- who should be responsible for paying any debts; and
- the amount of maintenance that should be paid to you and your children.
By taking a collaborative law approach, or via family mediation where appropriate, our experienced lawyers can help you to negotiate a legally enforceable agreement which in most cases will enable you to make a clean break. They can also, if needed, refer matters to the court and help you to investigate your partners financial circumstances if they are refusing to cooperate or if you believe assets and money have been hidden. They can also help if a property dispute arises.
Advising families throughout Kent and beyond
We have offices in Maidstone, Gravesend, Tonbridge, Chatham and Tenterden where we can meet you to discuss your requirements.
We can also offer meetings by skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.
Fixed cost initial appointment / Legal aid
We offer an initial appointment to discuss your requirements from £95 plus VAT. Legal aid may also be available in certain cases and is normally always available for defending care proceedings and taking steps to protect against domestic violence or child abuse
Get in touch
If you need help with a family law matter, please get in touch to see how we can help. You can call us on 01474 351199 or use our contact form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.