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Divorce

Divorce is a difficult time. We aim to help you go through this difficult part of your life. We like to ensure that you understand the procedure, what is likely to happen, the likely outcome and the steps you take.

We undertake a large amount of cases involving divorce in Chelmsford, Colchester, Southend, Romford, Suffolk and the surrounding areas. We have many years expertise in dealing with divorce procedure, in obtaining evidence of the matrimonial assets, in assisting in the mediation procedure, in advising upon the division of capital, in advising how to divide the former matrimonial home and other property. We also regularly advise on spousal and child maintenance. We are highly experienced in this area and have dealt with a large variety of cases from cases involving small assets to those involving millions of pounds.

We have dealt with numerous cases concerning businesses.

We have a great deal of expertise in how to unearth hidden assets.

We can advise on Capital Gains Tax on divorce. We can advise how to divide pensions on divorce in the various prescribed ways, including offsetting, pension sharing and pension splitting orders. We can also arrange financial advice on how to invest any pensions you acquire or retain.

We will take you through your individual position carefully explaining at each stage what you need to do. Hence you know precisely what is likely to happen and how to go about obtaining a sensible outcome.

We will ensure that you understand what you need to obtain for us to represent you effectively. We will aim to help you take the worry out of the process.

We will draft the divorce petition for you if you are the Petitioner and also draft the Statement of Arrangements for Children. We will draft all the necessary documents for you so that you do not have to worry.

We will, as soon as we have sufficient information, give you an indication of the likely settlement on divorce. We aim to give at least a rough indication at the first appointment of the probable settlement provided enough information is available.

In an ideal world it is always helpful to have the following documents if possible but you should not delay seeing us if you have not got them:-

  • Marriage Certificate.
  • Valuation of all properties.
  • A mortgage redemption figure.
  • Valuations of all endowment, ISA's, Bonds, Investments etc.
  • Copies of 3 months worth of credit cards statements.
  • A business valuation if applicable.
  • Last P60
  • Wage slips for the last three months.
  • Copy Tax Return.
  • Valuations of Pensions.
  • Copy accounts.
  • 12 months worth of bank statements.

In reality in most cases we do not get most of these documents for several weeks. However the more documents you have the more accurate the advice we can give and this is also the best way to limit legal costs.

We also undertake divorce cases in the Principal Registry in London.