Financial Issues

Pension Sharing: Timing is Everything

Date: September 14th, 2017 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  If the transferor of a Pension Sharing Order unexpectedly dies around the time of the divorce then the timing of the Decree Absolute will become critical. Whether the survivor receives the pension share or absolutely nothing depends on it. It is common practice to apply for the Decree Absolute once the Court has approved… Read the full article

Financial settlements: equal sharing is not automatic

Date: September 11th, 2017 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  A recent case involving a fairly short, childless marriage and dual incomes has established that equal sharing is not automatic. The Judgment of Lord Justice McFarlane in Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408 considers why the application of the concept of unilateral assets would justify departure from equality in a short, childless marriage… Read the full article

Changing Financial Orders

Date: August 30th, 2017 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  The benefits of finality in family law decisions and financial settlements following divorce are clear. We have previously discussed clean break settlements. Perhaps more than in any other branch of law the idea of certainty is important. It helps estranged spouses and their children move on with their lives. So what happens if one… Read the full article

What Is A Freezing Order?

Date: August 23rd, 2017 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  It is a type of injunction, and it does what it says. It ‘freezes’ assets so the owner cannot sell, use in a way that would undermine their value or otherwise dispose of them for a certain period of time.  These orders are extreme because they prevent individuals from using their property freely. Although… Read the full article

What Is Financial Disclosure In Divorce?

Date: July 4th, 2017 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Divorce does not just mark the end of an emotional and personal relationship. It also means splitting the marital finances in a fair and reasonable way. This means taking account of the changed circumstances and having regard to the needs and obligations of each party. The only way to reach a legally watertight agreement… Read the full article

What Is The The Financial Dispute Resolution Hearing (FDR)?

Date: June 23rd, 2017 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  WHAT IS AN FDR? When one side applies for a financial order in divorce proceedings the application initiates a clearly defined timetable. The FDR is the second hearing in the process. With the emphasis on negotiation, the FDR is designed to focus minds on outstanding financial matters.  Often it provides an indispensable stepping-stone towards… Read the full article

Sharland And Gohil Revisited – What Happens When One Spouse Hides Assets

Date: December 21st, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  A year has passed since two women, Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil won the right in the Supreme Court to have their divorce settlements reopened. Both discovered their husbands had misrepresented their position at the time of the original financial agreements. You can read a summary of the cases here. We are often involved… Read the full article

Dividing Your Foreign Pension – Why English Courts Won’t Order A Split

Date: December 14th, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Pensions have a crucial impact on negotiations for financial settlements on divorce. Stock market volatility and the well-publicised underfunding of global pension schemes mean the value of a pension can change rapidly. Overseas pensions can add further complexity. All of this makes assessment of pensions for divorce settlements difficult. Why Treat Foreign Pensions Differently… Read the full article

Cohabitees: Numbers Increase But Legal Position Still Weak

Date: December 1st, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Earlier this month the Office for National Statistics published its annual report into current trends in living arrangements in the UK. One of the more startling revelations was the continued increase in the number of people who live together without getting married. Between 1996 and 2016 the number of cohabiting couples more than doubled… Read the full article

Why new stamp duty rules could affect divorce

Date: August 23rd, 2016 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

  Several months ago, the Government introduced new stamp duty legislation, which means that any person owning their own home and buying an additional property will be forced to pay an extra 3% tax above what would normally fall due. For example, a couple buying their first home, valued at £260,000, will need to pay 5%… Read the full article


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