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Divorce & Financial Settlement Solicitors

Why Choose Osbourne Pinner?

DIVORCE & FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT

We provide a wealth of support, knowledge and expertise to secure divorce financial settlements. Our friendly and professional experts are on hand to provide a dynamic range of services that enable you to benefit from their skills and support. Take the first step by calling us or completing the contact form.

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REACHING A SETTLEMENT

When two parties cannot agree over money, possessions or property at the end of a marriage they may need to ask the courts to make these decisions for them. It can be a long process and having the right lawyer on hand for it can make it as painless as possible. We always aim to resolve the financial side of divorce through negotiation through correspondence and/or by referring you to a family mediator. If you are able to reach a settlement in this way, you will avoid the necessity of court proceedings which will save you money. We offer a number of services regarding divorce including assisting with the arrangements of financial matters in London.

The first requirement is that both parties file Form E Financial Statements before the FDA. The Form E is a lengthy document and you are required to attach supporting documentation to the form. We have vast experience in completing Form Es and can relieve the burden of completing this form by doing the work for you.

The Form E is intended to provide the parties with a clear picture of each other’s assets and it is not usually possible to reach a financial settlement without going through the process of full and frank financial disclosure.

There is duty for each party to provide full and frank financial disclosure during this process.  If you are concerned that your spouse may try to hide assets or that you believe they have not disclosed all of their assets, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can determine the best course of action.

We will assist you in preparing for any hearings and arranging representation for you at the hearings.

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Meet the Team

Anita Mary Shepheard

Senior Family Solicitor

Rashmika (Rita) Mehta

Head of Family Law

Yee Han

Senior Family Paralegal

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WHAT FACTORS DOES THE COURT CONSIDER?

The factors which will be taken into consideration by the court when making its decision are commonly known as the section 25 checklist.

The first consideration is the welfare of any minor child of the family who has not attained the age of 18.

The court decides how to exercise its jurisdiction using the factors set out in section 25 as set out above. There is no hierarchy to these factors: in each individual case, different factors will carry a different weight.

The court must also consider whether to impose an immediate or deferred clean break so as to sever the financial obligations the parties have toward each other.

WHAT TYPES OF ORDERS CAN THE COURT MAKE?

Maintenance Pending Suit

These are periodical payments ordered to be paid prior to the marriage being dissolved by the decree absolute.

Property Order/Order for Sale

This is an order that one party transfers to the other some property. In the majority of cases this will be actual property such as a house, however, personal property, chattels, may be subject to a transfer of property order.

Lump Sum Orders

This is an order that one party pays to the other a sum of money. The lump sum may be payable in one go or by way of instalments. There is no time limit on the amount that can be awarded.

Periodical Payments

Otherwise known as maintenance payments. Periodical payments are a continuing obligation, normally an obligation to pay a certain amount to your ex-spouse every week or month as opposed to a final lump sum payment or transfer of property. Maintenance payments can be ongoing or for a certain period of time. In addition, maintenance payments can be varied. A party who has remarried cannot apply for periodical payments, even if the application was made before marriage.

Secured Periodical Payments

These are rare but involve a hybrid of periodical payments with an order that they be secured, i.e. against a property so as to ensure that they are paid.

Pension Orders

Aside from the matrimonial home, a pension fund is likely to be the most substantial financial investment a party has. The court can make various orders in relation to pensions such as pension sharing or earmarking part of a spouse’s pension for the benefit of the other spouse.

Financing may be available if you are worried about the costs of the legal process.

Testimonials

I asked to review my financial settlement. Within a matter of a short time, I got an appointment. My solicitor, was very professional and kind. She even offered me the chance to have a video conference if I was unable to go to the office. I felt comfortable and I was treated with respect. I felt confident in her capabilities. She was warm and put me at ease. The process was made very easy for me. Osbourne Pinner family law team was on top of my brief to them. Should I need a solicitor in the future, I will be very happy to go back. Thanks

Edward Moore

Osbourne Pinner’s family law team worked with me tirelessly to put my mind at rest throughout the divorce process. From the outset I felt reassured. I was kept up to date throughout the process. The quality, and detail of the guidance I received was realistic and allowed a high degree of trust to develop very quickly. Without hesitation, I would recommend Osbourne Pinner.Thank you to the whole family team for your professional support during this difficult time of my life.

Victoria Helena-Williams

Osbourne Pinner provided an excellent service. Dealing with a difficult and sensitive issue, over a protracted period of time, they always kept me up to date with the progress (or otherwise) of the complex matters required to reach a satisfactory conclusion. I would be happy to recommend Osbourne Pinner to anyone who needed legal expertise, especially with the kind of issue that involves complex property negotiations in divorce proceedings.

Sophie Morrow

Osbourne Pinner, and in particular their family law team were recommended to me by a good friend and trustworthy source. I have found in my dealings with them that they go the extra 'proverbial mile' in trying to help. This is not something I have experienced before with any other of the big family law firms. I am very happy with the service and will now recommend to my family, friends and colleagues.

Peter Willoughby

The team at Osbourne Pinner were absolutely fantastic and I would recommend them to anyone! Special thanks to the family team.

Robert C

They made a very difficult time much easier to deal with. Their professionalism kept me sane and focused on the outcome I needed. Special thanks to Anne for acting on my Pre-Nup in a very professional way. Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests. Thank you Osbourne Pinner.

Stephan B

Thank you Osbourne Pinner for professionally dealing with my divorce and finances. I was extremely stressed over my family matter but after meeting and getting advice from family solicitor Anne, I was so relived. Thank you for all your patience.

Mrs Patel

I needed pre-nup quickly and instructed Osbourne Pinner. I received the first draft within a few days and nothing was too much trouble for the solicitor. Fee was reasonable and I will recommend this firm.

Alison D

Very honest & straight forward costumer service. Very knowledgeable & refreshing approach. I highly recommend

Akuha

Such an experienced, skilled and very supportive team.

Harik

Excellent and professional service. Very clear and precise instructions and was kept well informed. Very helpful and very good at their job. big Thanks to the Team!

E. James

Thank you Osbourne Pinner for getting my settlement. I highly recommend their services.

Patel

Put my mind at ease and gave plain straight forward guidance to my rather complicated matter .

Samuel

Frequently asked questions on divorce and financial settlement

When a married couple decides to divorce, they must also determine how to divide their assets and debts. This is called a financial settlement. There are many factors to consider when dividing up assets and debts, including who will keep the family home, who will pay for any outstanding loans, and who will receive any retirement benefits.

The financial settlement can be negotiated between the divorcing couple, with the help of their lawyers, or it can be decided by a judge. Often, the settlement is a combination of both.

Whatever the outcome, it is important to have a clear understanding of the financial settlement before finalising any divorce paperwork.

In a divorce, both parties are legally entitled to an equitable, or fair, share of the property that they acquired during the marriage. However, what is considered to be a fair split can vary greatly from couple to couple depending on the specific circumstances of their marriage and divorce.

For example, suppose one spouse was the primary breadwinner during the marriage while the other stayed home to care for the children. In that case, it may be considered fair for the primary breadwinner to receive a greater share of the marital property. Or if one spouse contributed significantly more money towards the purchase of a home or other major asset, that spouse may be awarded a greater share of that asset in the divorce.

Ultimately, there is no hard and fast rule for how to divide up property in a divorce fairly. It will depend on the unique circumstances of each case.

If you are considering a financial settlement, there are several things that can affect the amount of money you receive.

The first is the type of property you own. If you have a lot of equity in your home, you may be able to negotiate a higher settlement.

The second thing that can affect your settlement is the amount of debt you have. If you have a lot of debt, your creditors may be willing to accept less than what they are owed.

The third thing that can affect your settlement is the income of your spouse. If your spouse has a high income, you may be able to get a larger settlement.

When a married couple decides to divorce, they must determine how to best move forward with the dissolution of their marriage. There are many options available for reaching a divorce settlement agreement, and the best option for each couple will depend on their individual situation.

If the couple is able to communicate and work together, they may be able to reach a settlement agreement on their own. However, if there is too much conflict between the two parties, it may be necessary to involve a solicitor or mediator to help facilitate negotiations.

Once a settlement agreement is reached, it must be put into writing and signed by both parties in order to be legally binding. Once the agreement is finalised, each party will need to make sure they adhere to the terms that have been agreed upon. If one party fails to uphold their end of the bargain, they may be held in contempt of court.

When it comes to divorce, there are a lot of grey areas. One of those is whether or not you can divorce without a financial settlement or vice versa.

On the one hand, some people argue that you can't divorce without a financial settlement because otherwise you'll never be truly divorced. They say that until all the money issues are sorted out, the divorce isn't final.

On the other hand, some people argue that you can divorce without a financial settlement because the important thing is just ending the marriage, not the money. They say that as long as you're both on the same page about getting divorced, then you can sort out the money later.

So which is it? Can you divorce without a financial settlement or vice versa? The answer is: it depends. Every situation is different, so there's no easy answer.

When a couple gets divorced, their finances will be split up as well. This can be a very difficult process, as there are many different ways to divide up assets and debts. It is important to sit down with your spouse and figure out what is fair. There are many factors to consider, such as who makes more money, who has more debt, and who owns what property.

If you have children, you will also need to consider child support payments. These payments are usually made by the parent who makes more money. They are used to help support the child or children financially. Child support payments can be ordered by the court or agreed upon by the parents.

It is important to remember that when you get divorced, your financial situation will change. You may need to adjust your budget and find new ways to save money.

In family law, matrimonial assets are property and financial resources that are acquired during a marriage. Non-matrimonial assets, on the other hand, are those that are acquired before or after the marriage.

The distinction between these two types of assets is important because they will be treated differently in the event of a divorce. Matrimonial assets are typically divided equally between the divorcing spouses, while non-matrimonial assets may be distributed more favorably to the spouse who owns them.

There are several factors that courts will consider when determining whether an asset is matrimonial or non-matrimonial. These include the length of the marriage, the purpose for which the asset was acquired, and whether it has been commingled with other marital property.

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