When a relationship breaks down it can be a stressful time. There is no legal formula for working out the division of assets and level of maintenance after divorce, so it makes sense to see a solicitor for advice.
We specialise in all aspects of family law, including:
You will receive the full support of our efficient and flexible team. Last year 100% of our Family Law clients, who returned our questionnaires, said that they would recommend us. We aim to guide you through the complexities of Family Law to achieve the best possible outcome. We will follow your instructions and make the process as stress free as possible.
We can provide you with sound advice, specific to your circumstances. We can explain the legal procedures and the options available to you. We will deal with your matter in a professional, friendly and efficient way.
In order to get divorced one of the following must be proved:
Please Note: Settling finances is separate from the Divorce. If an agreement cannot be reached an application can be made to the Court. If an agreement can be reached a Consent Order can be drawn up.
If you are considering a financial settlement it is important to obtain professional legal advice before agreeing anything. When deciding upon financial arrangements, the court will aim to reach a fair outcome based upon reasonable needs. The court will consider all circumstances including:
Child maintenance can be paid by agreement, based on guidelines of 15% of the parents' net income for one child, 20% for two children and 25% for three of more children (this can vary). If agreement cannot be reached, an application to the CSA can be made. The court only makes orders in respect of maintenance in limited circumstances.
Our Family Law and Divorce Advice Solicitors can help you with all aspects of Family Law. Our divorce solicitors provide a free booklet, your guide to Divorce and Separation. As a dedicated family law firm we can help with complicated family law issues.
Matters regarding children are often arranged at the same time as finances. We can help you with:
Lincoln Solicitors, Dale and Co. know that Children's matters can be especially emotional and we will do our utmost to help resolve issues quickly and with the minimum of disruption for the child.
It is therefore essential to obtain legal advice before considering any financial settlement. Who gets what is based upon a range of criteria and also the provisions of the particular scheme. A final settlement involving a division or other dealing in respect of a pension will need to be confirmed by a court order. It is important to note that upon divorce, beneficiary designations, if applicable, should be changed on pension schemes. In addition, consideration should be given to changing your will as your circumstances change.
The Court can:
Property issues in financial settlements are resolved depending on the needs and resources of each partner. This can include:
Endowment policies also need to be considered.
If a business is owned by the couple, each party's involvement and assets of the business need to be carefully planned for. Working practices need to be agreed upon, for example if the business needs to be restructured or one partner buys the other out.