It is never an easy decision to end a marriage or separate and one of the complicating and difficult features of any divorce or separation can be the arrangements in respect of the finances. There are a range of options available to parties in these circumstances but if matters proceed through the Courts then the following orders may be made:
Maintenance pending suit
Secured periodical payments
Lump sum orders
Property adjustment orders
An order for sale
Pension sharing or attachment orders
The Court may consider making a clean break order so that neither party will be dependant upon the other in the future. Neither of them can ask the Court to make a further order requiring the other to pay them more money. A public access barrister can provide expert advice as to the division of assets such as the former matrimonial home, maintenance orders and clean breaks.
If your financial dispute does proceed to Court then Nationwide Barristers can provide you with representation at each of the hearings for fixed fees. A public access barrister can also advise you as to recent changes in the law that enable, for example, a spouse who has little or no income and/or assets to obtain an Order for financial assistance for legal fees from the other spouse subject to their means.
Nationwide Barristers recognise that the implications of financial settlements or Orders in these circumstances can have a huge impact on someone’s life, whether it be providing for children; ensuring a standard of living is maintained; or perhaps allowing a non-working spouse financial support so that he/she has sufficient time to seek suitable employment. As such, if you come to Nationwide Barristers direct, rather than through any intermediaries, we can offer you representation by a direct access barrister at Court hearings at affordable, fixed fees, which is undoubtedly important in such cases.