Negotiating Financial Settlements

At Consilia Legal, our team of specialist family solicitors have the necessary expertise to assist and advise you in negotiating a financial settlement with your spouse or civil partner no matter however unique or complex your finances appear to be.
We know that every situation is different and we aim to work with you to achieve the best outcome for you.
When you and a partner/spouse separate you may have numerous issues to resolve in relation to your financial affairs. If you are married or in a civil partnership then you will have a host of matrimonial/nuptial claims to resolve in relation to:-

  • Capital – your home, any savings and investments;
  • Pensions – there are different options as to how pensions should be treated;
  • Trusts – you may have business assets or assets which are held within trusts;
  • Inheritance –  you may have inherited monies prior, during or following the breakdown of your relationship with the other party;
  • Income – you or your spouse/partner may need to continue to financially support the other.
  • Liabilities – you or your spouse/partner may have incurred debts during the relationship.
We can help you to sort these issues out by advising upon legal principles which are set out in statute, principally Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and a host of updating legislation and case law (decisions of the Courts) which inform us as to how the law is interpreted. The law sets out a checklist of factors, the importance of each factor will depend upon your individual situation. In the majority of situations a balancing act is required and there is often no one clear cut answer but rather a range of solutions which would be acceptable in law and endorsed by a Court.
You may find that family and friends are eager to give advice based upon what happened to them or to someone they know. It is vitally important however that you speak to a family law specialist who can inform you of what the law says and how that applies to your unique set of circumstances.
When deciding on financial issues there are a range of methods available including family mediation, collaborative law, traditional solicitor negotiations and Court proceedings. Court proceedings are the last resort. However it is necessary in some cases to issue court proceedings in circumstances where the other party refuses to give disclosure or you are concerned that assets are being hidden and in such cases emergency proceedings can be required.
If you manage to reach an agreement direct with your spouse/civil partner then it is important to get the agreement properly drawn up by a family specialist into a consent order which can be made into a binding order within divorce/dissolution proceedings. Alternatively, you should have a properly drafted separation agreement prepared in cases where you are not married or not seeking to divorce at this stage.

Financial issues are also very live at the outset of a relationship and you can take steps to protect existing and anticipated future wealth prior to starting to cohabit with your partner, or prior to or following marriage. We can provide advice and assistance on cohabitation and pre/post nuptial agreements.

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What Our Clients Say About Our Family Law Services

Laura Clapton has been brilliant and very professional through the Mediation process. I highly recommend her.

Jen Huggett

Absolutely five star service from Laura Clapton and her team, always kept informed of progress, and Laura was always available on the end of the phone to answer any questions. Highly recommended, thank you Consilia Legal.

Jane C

Professional and personal. Vicky was very caring and listened to my issue, advice was clear and easy to understand. Vicky ensured my mind was at ease and I knew my options. Excellent service. Sarah really knows the family sector, she puts you at ease instantly and ensures you are aware of all the options. Would definitely recommend this service. Thank you for your help.

Catherine White

Vicky guided me through the legal context of an employment and was very efficent, approachable and supportive. I would highly recommend this company and Vicky to others who need legal support and advice. Many thanks.

Maureen Sheridan

Had a great experience working with Victoria. Felt completely comfortable asking all kinds of questions and she always explained them really well.

Julia Mariani

I often get clients asking if I can assist with employment and family matters. As this is not my area of specialism I am conscious to help assist by passing them onto a trusted source who will look after the client in the best manner possible and with the same approach and ethos as myself. For employment and family matters I recommend to Consilia Legal as they contact the client promptly and provide practical no nonsense advice at a great value. I have no hesitation in recommending their services and will continue to direct my clients to them for this type of legal advice.

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  • review rating 5  I had a great service from Laura and her team at Consilia Legal and would certainly recommend them to others. The service was very friendly and informative keeping me up to date in a timely manner and been on hand to offer advice when needed. Thankyou.

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  • review rating 5  Marie and her staff have been very helpful. Marie had assisted me previously with an employment law issues so I had no hesitation in engaging her again. She helped me through an unpleasant job related matter when I was at a low ebb and feeling unable to fight my own corner. As before Marie gave sound, straight forward advice and took over the handling of communication with my employer until the matter was resolved. When I had to take action myself Marie was always there to consult if I was worried about something. I would thoroughly recommend Consilia Legal to anyone.

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  • review rating 5  I was most impressed with the speed and efficiency which Andy Boyde at Consilia Legal handled my case. I selected Consilia Legal after reviewing previous feedback which had positive comments regarding the areas I was interested in. The way my case was handled turned a stressful situation into a quick and stress free process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Consilia Legal.

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  • review rating 5  Excellent personal support, advice and understanding from Marie, Emma and the Team, thanks for all you have done. Highly recommended

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  • review rating 4  Consilia have done a good job of mediating the discussions across family and financial matters. Quick responses, good communication and a helpful/flexible approach.

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  • review rating 5  I was recommended Andy Boyde of Consilia Legal by a good friend in the profession to handle a personal issue. Dealing with Andy has been a pleasure from start to finish. Calls and emails were answered and dealt with in a timely manner and he gave a great deal of attention to run through legal jargon in layman's terms. Thoroughly recommended.

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    3/01/2019
  • review rating 5  I dealt with Vicky at Consilia Legal and I couldn't thank her and the team enough. Very fast and efficient and will go out of her way to help in anyway possible. Would recommend over and over again. Thank you

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