How To Approach Funding Your Divorce

It is difficult for anyone to predict how much you will spend on legal costs by the end of your divorce case.

How long your case takes and how much it costs is actually as dependent on you and your ex as much as anything else.

The more the two of you disagree, the longer the case is likely to take and the more you both risk spending on legal costs to get everything resolved.

 

Solicitor’s Costs

When you..

What Are The Differences Between A Court Led and Private FDR?

A divorcing couple has a choice as to how they want to approach reaching a financial settlement in their divorce. Sometimes, however, court proceedings are necessary. Unfortunately, the court system has a bad reputation of being expensive and lengthy. Once in the court process, there can be quite a wait between the court hearings.

For those clients who can afford it, many lawyers are now suggesting their client consider paying for a private FDR hearing(aka Financial Dispute Resolution) rather..

Arbitration In Family Law: A Case Study

There are various different approaches available for reaching a financial settlement in divorce. For most clients, they also wish to avoid the court process if they can.

In my previous blog – Arbitration: A New Approach to Resolving Finances in Divorce, a qualified arbitrator set out what the arbitration process is.

I have now had the opportunity to interview Vanessa McMurtrie an experienced family law solicitor and partner at Hart Brown solicitors in Woking, to talk about her..

How Are Pensions Approached in Divorce?

Many of my clients describe a big concern about the uncertainty around the financial outcome of their divorce. They worry about what financial settlement they will receive and whether this will be sufficient for them to move forward with their life.

Before negotiations can begin to reach a financial settlement, the couple divorcing need to collect together full details of their financial positions. I often get asked questions about how pensions are taken in to account in a divorce.

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Getting Divorced? Don’t Forget To Consider Your Retirement Plans…

During their marriage, couples may well have discussed ideas for a joint retirement plan, perhaps agreeing at what age each will retire, and what they both want their life to be like in retirement.

Plans may have been put in place some time ago, including steps for financial planning, e.g. saving money to retire to live in the countryside etc.

Unfortunately, however, should the couple divorce, these plans will now be turned upside down. I work with clients of all..

What Are The Benefits Of Working With A Chartered Financial Planner During Divorce?

Resolving financial matters to reach a financial settlement is usually what takes the time (and costs the most money) in getting divorced.

You get one chance to get the financial agreement right, so it is well worth making sure things are done properly and you feel comfortable with the agreement reached.

There are various different options available to help you and your spouse reach an agreement, and these are covered in my blog – How Do I Approach Getting A..

How A Divorce Consultant Can Help During The Mediation Process

If you have agreed to use the family law mediation process, hopefully you are feeling fairly optimistic that with the help of the family law mediator, you and your spouse will be able to reach an amicable agreement on the financial issues(and perhaps children issues if you are using mediation for children matters).

The mediator will have explained to you both that the only people at the mediation sessions are you, your spouse and the mediator. Neither solicitor will be..

Worried About Going to Court? Here Is How A Divorce Consultant Can Help

Your legal team will have advised you on all the different options available for approaching the resolution of your family finances. (For more information on this, see my blog – How Do I Approach Getting a Financial Agreement in My Divorce).

Whilst many clients are keen to avoid going to court as they worry it will be expensive and stressful, sometimes it is the right decision to issue court proceedings.

This may be for various reasons. For example –

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How To Prepare For Your Family Law Mediation Sessions

It’s very important for you to feel as prepared as possible for your mediation sessions.

This will help with both your confidence and will keep you calm as well as ensuring that the mediation sessions are as productive as possible.

 

My top tips for preparing are as follows:

 

Make sure you have thought through how you will feel about negotiating with your spouse and talk through with your divorce coach how best to approach this and how to..

Tips From A Divorce Consultant About Family Law Mediation

Mediation has become increasingly popular over the last few years as an option for resolving both financial and children matters when a couple separate.

In 2014, it became law in England and Wales for couples to attend mediation prior to them being allowed to issue court proceedings, if their case got to that stage.

 

 

See my blog How to Reach a Financial Settlement Through Mediation to find out more about how it works.

 

Here are my personal..