The breakdown of a relationship is a difficult time for many reasons, but one of the most immediate concerns is often over your finances. Making a fair financial settlement as soon as possible can give you security and allow you to move on and start living independently faster.
Our London family lawyers have strong expertise in making financial settlements during divorce, separation and civil partnership dissolution. We can help you make sure all of your needs are properly considered and that no assets are overlooked when calculating what level of settlement you are entitled to.
We can also help if you have concerns over a specific issue, such as what will happen to your family home, protecting business interests and dealing with pension entitlements. Wherever possible, our goal will be to help you achieve a settlement without the need for court proceedings, saving you time, legal fees and unnecessary stress.
When your relationship ends and you are ready to move on, we can help you secure a fair financial settlement that meets your needs, allowing you to make a clean break as quickly as possible.
Why choose Huggins Lewis Foskett for your divorce settlement?
Clear, practical advice to match your needs
Whatever your background or financial circumstances, we can guide you toward achieving a financial settlement with sensitive, practical advice tailored to your needs.
Fair settlements with less stress
We know how stressful dealing with financial matters can be, especially when you are already coping with the emotional turmoil involved in ending your relationship. By providing clear, practical guidance on your rights and legal options, we aim to make getting a fair settlement simpler and less of a hassle for everyone involved.
No need for court proceedings in most cases
Our team includes members of Resolution (a network of lawyers committed to removing conflict from family law), reflecting our strong skills in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). This means we can help keep conflict to a minimum and can almost always secure a settlement without the need for court proceedings.
We can also offer the services of a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer, helping you to achieve an amicable financial settlement even where there are complex issues to resolve.
Exceptional legal expertise
Our family law team have many years of experience achieving settlements under even the most challenging circumstances. We are accredited by the Law Society for Family Law Advanced, reflecting our strong professional expertise in this area.
Fixed fees and flexible payment plans
We can provide some services on a fixed-fee basis, giving you certainty over the costs involved. We also offer flexible payment plans, allowing you to defer paying our legal fees until after your settlement has been secured.
Our expertise with divorce financial settlements
We help families across East London with every aspect of divorce settlements, including:
- Disclosure of both parties’ assets
- Asset valuation
- What to do with your family home
- Pension entitlements
- Buying & selling property
- Child maintenance
- Inheritance issues
- Asset protection
- Assets held in trusts
- Family businesses
Making a divorce settlement without court proceedings
Court proceedings are something most people would prefer to avoid if possible, something we fully understand. Fortunately, in most cases, we can achieve a fair settlement through negotiation and other alternative approaches, meaning it is very rare that you will need to go to court for your divorce settlement.
We specialise in using collaborative law for divorce financial settlements, with our head of Family Law, Saika Alam, being a trained collaborative lawyer. This popular method of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is highly effective for divorce financial matters, even where there are complex issues to resolve, and offers a number of clear benefits.
How collaborative law for divorce settlements works
You, your former partner and your respective lawyers will sit down for a series of four-way ‘round the table’ meetings to negotiate a financial settlement. Your lawyers must be trained in collaborative law and will be there to provide immediate advice and support to protect your legal position and help you achieve a fair settlement that meets your needs.
At the outset, you will all sign a document committing you to working together to make the process a success, as well as agreeing that nothing disclosed or agreed in the meetings can be used in any subsequent court proceedings if you cannot reach an agreement.
As well as your lawyers, you can also have other professionals such as accountants and financial advisors, sit in on the meetings to provide their expertise and advise.
Deciding whether collaborative law is right for your divorce
Collaborative law can be highly effective if there are complicated financial issues to deal with as you have access to the professional expertise of your lawyers and other relevant professionals. This can ensure you fully understand the legal details involved, your rights and where it makes sense to compromise or hold firm over specific points.
The advantages of collaborative law when making a financial settlement
Collaborative law offers many advantages over court proceedings, including being a much faster way to make a settlement, significantly lower legal fees, allowing you to keep your finances and the details of the settlement private, and keeping conflict to a minimum.
Our divorce settlement fees
Fixed fee divorce settlement advice
We are able to deal with some matters on a fixed fee basis, for example, providing support for collaborative law sessions. This gives you certainty over the costs involved.
Hourly rates for divorce settlement advice
For more complex matters, we will typically charge according to our set hourly rates. These rates will depend on the complexity of the issues involved and thus the level of legal expertise required.
Deferring fees for divorce settlements
We understand that meeting the cost of legal advice can be problematic while you are waiting to make a settlement, so in most cases our fees can be deferred until after a settlement is agreed.
For an indication of our costs, please take a look at our hourly rate.
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