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When it comes to divorce and family law, you’re likely to have a lot of legal questions. Our experienced solicitors can answer your questions – contact us now for free initial consultation with our Family Law on-boarding specialists.
When it comes to divorce and family law, you’re likely to have a lot of legal questions. Our highly experienced solicitors can answer your questions – contact us now for a free consultation. Our local Reading office is open or, if you prefer, the consultation can take place over the phone or via Zoom/video call at a time and a date that is convenient for you.
Our Reading divorce and family team have a wealth of experience across all different types of cases. We know that issues of divorce and family disputes can be difficult, emotional and often fraught, which is why we approach each and every case with sensitivity and consideration. And as demonstrated by our five-star reviews, we provide expert advice and guidance for our clients.
If you have a question about divorce or family law or if you would like to speak to our legal team, please complete our contact form or call us for free.
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We’re experts in substantial and complex cases. Our team has handled high-value divorces on many occasions and can help you protect your assets. We operate with the utmost discretion and professionalism, and will provide the top divorce advice in Reading.
High net worth and high-value divorce proceedings often involve business assets, international assets, property titles, and more. With our longstanding expertise and trusted rating, our team can help you unlock hidden assets and get the right outcome for you. Our five-star reviews are just the beginning – your solicitor will be on-hand to provide tailored advice and the very best service for your case.
Parents should try to decide together what the living arrangements should be for children. If you can decide between yourselves, there is no need to take the matter to court. Under the Children Act 1989, the court will always rule that no order should be made unless it is in the best interests of the child, and will only intervene if absolutely necessary. This is often only required in more complex cases where there are safeguarding concerns.
In England and Wales the majority of settlements will not be taxable income, but circumstances do vary on a case by case basis. There may be other tax considerations you need to take into account, including issues of Income Tax, Inheritance Tax, Stamp Duty and Capital Gains Tax. Your solicitor will be able to advise on these.
After ascertaining the value of the property, you need to decide whether someone wants to keep it. Any person keeping property will need sufficient borrowing capacity for the existing mortgage and outgoings, and might need to ‘buy out’ the other person’s financial interest. In some cases, it is possible for the other party to retain a deferred interest in the property — this is usually so that dependent children can remain in the family home. In other cases it may be possible to offset the property’s equity against other assets such as a pension pot, savings and investments.
Often there are financial reasons that mean a 50/50 split of the equity in a property is not a ‘fair’ division. There may also be good reason to argue that a greater share of the equity in a property should be retained by one party over the other.
No, your Will remains valid and it’s vital that you amend or update it when going through divorce. For the purposes of inheritance, the Will will treat your ex-partner as though they have died during the divorce proceedings, so you will need to update your beneficiaries to ensure any inheritance is divided as you wish.
Begin by consulting a solicitor; we offer a free initial consultation without obligation to begin the process. Once instructed, we will draft a divorce application on your behalf and file with the court. After your spouse responds to the application, 20 weeks after the date of issue you can apply for a conditional order and then 6 weeks later a final order finalising the divorce. It’s worth noting that this process is purely the divorce side of things – resolving finances is often an area of difficulty which requires expert legal advice.
Yes, but none of the fine details of a divorce are available to the public. The only thing on public record is the Decree Absolute, which just contains the parties’ names and the date of the proceedings.
Our solicitors are all members of Resolution – a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce and separation.
We are accredited by the Law Society and have members on the Advanced Family Panel of Solicitors.
Richard Barratt – the head of the Divorce and Family Team – is also a qualified Collaborative Lawyer.
What does this mean? Well, under the collaborative process, each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and you and your respective lawyers all meet together to work things out face to face. Both of you will have your lawyer by your side throughout the process and so you will have their support and legal advice as you go.
Resolution Specialist Accredited Members
Amie Pine and Helen Stoller are also Specialist Accredited Members of Resolution in relation to finances and children matters.
It will take at least 20 weeks from the date the divorce application is issued to the date of the conditional order (the first stage). It will take a minimum of a further 6 weeks before you can apply for the final order ending your marriage or civil partnership.
Often the divorce takes longer whilst the parties resolve the financial matters arising from their separation.
In England and Wales, it currently costs £593 to pay the court.
We can offer a free consultation to discuss your reasons for divorce and offer fixed fees so we can continue to process your request. Throughout the entire process, our professional divorce and family law solicitors will support and represent you with our expert advice to achieve the very best outcome.
If you have a question about family law or divorce of if you would like to speak to our team, please complete the contact form below or call us for free on 01182077719. Consultations can take place in one of our local offices or, if you prefer, over the phone or via an online video/Zoom call. The consultation can be arranged at a time and date that is convenient for you and we always endeavour to work with the utmost sensitivity with regards to your personal circumstances.