Congratulations to Thakmina Begum, one of our Supervising Solicitors within the London Family Law team who has been awarded the Law Society’s Children Law Panel Accreditation. The Children Law Accreditation provides a recognised quality standard for practitioners representing children in child law proceedings. The accreditation shows awareness, knowledge and expertise in this area of law. Thakmina had to undergo rigorous evaluation to achieve the accreditation. Only experienced practitioners with Children Law Panel Accreditation can represent children in the Family Court either in conjunction with a Court appointed Children’s Guardian or upon independent instructions. Kirsty Richards, Head of Family commented on Thakmina’s achievement It’s a wonderful recognition and a great boost for the department and the new care team we are building. I’m extremely happy that Thakmina has been recognised as a specialist care solicitor and look forward to watching her career develop further with the firm Situations involving children can be difficult and sensitive. Our experienced team are here to provide support and guidance in order to achieve the very best outcome for you and your family. Call us on 0203 6015051 to speak to our specialist Child Panel solicitors. [...]
According to recent divorce statistics, 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce – however, despite this being a common phenomenon, it is still one of the more misunderstood areas of law.
Adultery affects financial settlement
Whilst adultery is grounds for divorce there is no financial compensation for adulterous behaviour.
Getting a divorce costs a fortune
It is possible, some would even say easy, to issue your own divorce proceedings through the court service website or by paying one of the online providers a relatively small fee. When people think about the cost of a divorce, they are often referring to the overall size of the settlement. Even the most hotly-contested divorce can cost less than an average wedding.
Pensions are not worth taking into considerations
Pensions are often accumulated in the background & their size is often underestimated. For couples who have been in a long term marriage or civil partnership the pension pot is likely to be one of their biggest assets and should be considered when looking at financial settlement during the divorce or dissolution.
Everything is split 50-50
There is no set formula for dividing assets in a divorce. An equal sharing is often a starting point but there are many other factors to consider.
Financial ties end on decree absolute
Without a financial order you are still financially tied together and open to further financial claims even when you are divorced. So, say you inherit well in 10 years, your ex could make a claim for a proportion of the money.
There is a well known case – Wyatt v Vince – in which a couple divorced, but did not have a final financial order in place. Kathleen Wyatt, successfully claimed settlement of £300,000, 20 years after they were divorced.
If there are any assets or money that require division, you will need to seek specialist legal advice. Please call us on 0203 6015051 or complete our contact form