Divorce and financial settlement
To ensure that assets are split fairly between parties, their value must first be evaluated. Assets can include property, savings, businesses, pensions and more. Since assets such as pensions can be worth more than they appear, an independent valuation may be required to assess their true value. At Harbour Family Law, we can advise you when your situation would benefit from contact with experts including pension actuaries and property surveyors to give you complete peace of mind that a fair deal has been reached.
Once an accurate valuation of the assets has been achieved, we can help you to negotiate a settlement. Doing this through round table meetings with your spouse and their solicitor can save time but it’s also possible to come to a financial agreement through correspondence.
Children and Divorce
For divorcing couples who are parents, coming to agreements around children can be extremely difficult and emotional. We can guide you through these negotiations and help you with all the challenging questions including contact hours, living arrangements and who will be involved in making big decisions in your child’s life.
We always strive to ensure that your child’s wellbeing is put at the front and centre of every agreement.
Mediation and Divorce
Mediation is an alternative resolution method to confrontational dispute. It is a process where divorcing parties meet with an unbiased mediator to discuss various settlements and agreements. The aim is to speak in a calm way where both spouse’s opinions are listened to and considered and, ultimately, to decide on a way forward together.
Except in particular circumstances such as domestic abuse or violence, divorcing couples must prove that they engaged with mediation before taking a dispute into court. For more information, take a look at our blog on mediation.
Legal Aid for Divorce Fees
Public funding was unfortunately withdrawn from most aspects of family law in 2013. As a result, most clients will need to fund their legal fees privately. You may be able to apply to have certain costs covered if you are at risk of homelessness, a victim of domestic abuse or if you’re using the aid for the purpose of mediation. In some cases, you can also apply to have your spouse’s help with legal costs.
We understand that uncertainty around legal fees can be an upsetting aspect of your divorce. After our first consultation with you, we will be able to provide you with an overall estimate of your legal costs. Find out more on our Fees page.
Ending a Civil Partnership
The two processes are extremely similar, but there are a few minor differences between divorce and ending a civil partnership. Take a look at our information on the dissolution of civil partnerships for more information.