We’re renowned for our experience in handling financial settlements amicably for our clients. We will guide you through all the aspects of your financial settlement including common issues such as.
Common or complex, we ensure your financial negotiations are professionally handled, without any animosity and civilly. Our approach allows our clients to save time and money.
We believe overall, most people could settle their cases, out of court. Going to court is expensive, time-consuming and worst of all, there is no guarantee that you will get the result you desire.
At Divorce Negotiator, we dedicate ourselves in helping you find the best solution by agreement, rather than through conflict.
An acrimonious solicitor led court divorce can take up to 18 months or more. The amicable negotiation process takes less time because you make your own decisions and you are not driven by a court imposed timetable. We build the negotiation process around your family’s individual timetable and priorities. Some couples resolve their disputes within a few weeks whereas some take a little longer. The timescale is largely dependent upon you and what is important to you.
Here are some common questions:-
Getting a financial settlement is not compulsory. In fact, many couples divorce without ever getting a financial settlement and/or a consent order. Common reasons people give for not getting a financial settlement/consent order are:
Divorce ends your marriage, it does not end your partner’s ability to make a financial claim upon you at any time. Even years after you have finalised your divorce and unlike civil claims, which stop you from suing someone after six years. There are no deadlines to bring a financial claim in the family courts. So, there may always be a level of uncertainty, especially if your financial circumstances change after the divorce. People often dismiss the notation that their financial circumstances will change in any meaningful way which will put them at risk. Usually because they associate the term ‘change of financial circumstances’ to suddenly becoming a rich millionaire. But a change of financial circumstance need not be so drastic. As life progresses, most of us will go through changes in our financial circumstances. Our family homes increase in value, we may inherit money, or increase your net worth after combining income/assets with a new partner.
We have encountered many couples who had a mutual understanding, which subsequently fell apart after the reality of the divorce had set in. There have also been some very high profile cases where a spouse has come back years later to make financial claims upon the other. One successful claim made 20 years after the divorce had finalised, hit the press because the parties had nothing at the time of the divorce, but one party had become very wealthy post-divorce.
Let us assume that you do not have any assets today. However, assets that you accumulate after divorce are at risk if you did not have a financial settlement at the time of your divorce. The simple solution to remove any uncertainty in the future. Have a consent order drawn up and agreed by a Judge and if you have no assets this would be a simple process with little cost.
If one party wants to instruct a solicitor, we can still assist both of you with negotiations, or just you alone by communicating with your partner’s solicitor. Our approach is flexible so we can tailor our service to meet your individual needs.