Applying for your divorce is just the first step towards ending your relationship with your husband or wife. As the process moves forward, you also need to sort out your financial affairs, such as splitting assets and agreeing spousal and child maintenance. This may feel like an impossible task when you first set out, but we will be by your side every step of the way.
Our Family Law team are divorce and dissolution specialists with many years’ experience helping individuals and families with the legal, practical and emotional aspects of relationship breakdown.
Our goal is a simple one – to help you bring your relationship to an end in the most positive way possible. This includes helping you sort out all financial matters, such as:
- Agreeing how to divide your money and property, such as the family home and savings accounts
- Pension sharing and offsetting
- Dividing personal belongs, including cars, furniture and jewellery
- Deciding who keeps the family pets
- Making decisions about family businesses
- Agreeing how bills and debts will be paid
- Agreeing spousal maintenance
- Agreeing child support
Making a divorce settlement, either voluntarily or by going to court, is essential to bring your matrimonial financial obligations to an official end. If you do not do this, your former spouse could make legal claims against you in the future; maybe not a problem now, but what about if you start your own business or come into some money later on?
We are skilled at helping clients come to voluntary divorce financial settlements, avoiding the stress and costs of court proceedings. We are also fierce litigators with substantial experience helping clients take their financial claims to court where necessary.
Our divorce lawyers understand that sorting out finances can be a worrying and frustrating time, but we will take all possible steps to make your experience as smooth and straightforward as possible. We will explain the process in simple language and clearly set out all your options so that you can confidently make decisions about how to move forward. With us on your side, you will be moving towards a bright future as soon as possible.
How we can help you with divorce and finances
Dividing assets and divorce financial settlements
Financial matters can often cause conflict during a divorce, but with the right legal advice it is possible to reach a voluntary divorce financial settlement efficiently and without the additional stress and costs of going to court.
Our divorce solicitors can help you negotiate a fair agreement that secures your future and protects your financial interests. We have experience handling all types of financial matters, from straightforward separations involving a few bank accounts and no debts to complex and high value matters involving businesses, investment portfolios and overseas property.
Whichever end of the spectrum you fall, we will give you our undivided attention, ensuring that we get to know you and helping you reach the best possible solution.
There are several ways you can sort out spousal maintenance, so it is important to get legal advice to check that your interests are properly protected before agreeing to anything. We can help you negotiate a fair spousal maintenance agreement with your former spouse, ensuring that you are able to move forwards in financial security.
Parents are legally obliged to financially provide for their children. Child support can either be worked out between parents or using the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). The courts will rarely step in to make decisions about child support, other than in very limited circumstances. We can assist with voluntary child support arrangements (as well as other children related matters upon divorce and relationship breakdown) and provide advice if a voluntary agreement is not possible.
Financial court orders
Sometimes, court is the best option for making sure that your financial needs are properly met after divorce. We can provide sensitive, practical advice about taking or defending court action, including:
- Advice about MIAMS (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings) – most couples are required to attend a MIAM before they can apply to court
- Clean Break Orders – a type of order which officially separates your finances
- Property Adjustment Orders – a type of order than sets out what should happen to the family home
- Pension Sharing Orders – a type of order which orders one partner to transfer a proportion of their pension to the other partner
- Maintenance Orders – which set out details of spousal maintenance
Why choose Henriques Griffiths’ divorce solicitors?
At Henriques Griffiths, we have been helping individuals and families navigate divorce and separation issues for nearly 50 years. We combine expert technical legal advice with a friendly, personal approach, making sure that we get you know you so we can achieve the result that works best for you.
Our Family Law team includes members of the Law Society’s Family Law and Children Law panels in recognition of the high quality of our advice and client care in these areas. We are also members of Resolution, a network of family law professionals who are dedicated to helping families find positive, non-confrontational solutions to family disputes.
Our team also includes domestic abuse specialists who are here to provide sensitive, discreet advice about divorcing an abusive partner.
As well as our family law advice, we can offer a range of other legal services, including conveyancing services to help you sort out property matters after your divorce. We are members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme for our skills in this area.
We are also Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for our excellent customer service, compliance and legal practice management. Finally, we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) so you can trust that we are able to meet the highest legal and professional standards.