Divorce & Finances: Frequently Asked Questions

In the video below, matrimonial lawyer Malvina Peci and assistant solicitor Alix Brigden tackle our client’s most frequently asked questions regarding the financial complexities during a divorce

Topics Explored:

  • Pension Rights in Divorce
  • Mandatory Financial Disclosure
  • Property Ownership and Rights in Divorce
  • Post-Divorce Financial Claims
  • Importance of Prenuptial Agreements
  • Expected Timeline for Divorce Proceedings

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A Quick Summary

Pension Entitlement: Is my spouse entitled to part of my pension?

Yes, during a divorce, pensions are treated as part of the marital assets, just like the family home, savings, and investments. It’s essential to understand that dividing pensions can significantly impact your future financial security. Expert advice from a pension specialist is crucial to ensure that the division is equitable and considers future income needs for retirement.

Financial Disclosure Requirements: Do I need to disclose my finances during divorce proceedings?

Transparency is mandatory in financial disclosures. This process typically involves completing Form E, which requires detailed documentation of all financial assets. This includes bank accounts, investments, business holdings, employment income, pension valuations, and monthly expenditures. Accurate disclosures are vital for fair settlement negotiations.

Home Ownership and Entitlement: If the home is in my name, does my spouse still have rights to it?

Marital assets like the family home are subject to division regardless of whose name is on the title. The law seeks to ensure that both parties leave the marriage on equitable footing, which often starts with a 50/50 split but can be adjusted based on various factors, including each spouse’s needs, contributions to the marriage, and future earning potential.

Financial Claims After Divorce: Does a divorce decree eliminate financial claims?

Divorcing does not automatically sever financial ties. To finalise financial separation, a court-approved financial order is necessary. Without this, claims against marital assets can arise even years after the divorce.

Prenuptial Agreements: Should I consider a prenuptial agreement?

Prenuptial agreements, though not entirely binding, are influential in court decisions. They are especially valuable for protecting individual assets and clarifying financial expectations before entering marriage. Proper drafting and independent legal advice for both partners are essential for enforceability.

For more information, check out our guide on prenuptial agreements in the UK.

Duration of Divorce Proceedings: How long does it take to finalise a divorce?

The duration of divorce proceedings can vary significantly. An uncontested divorce might conclude within six months, but complex cases involving disputes over finances or custody can extend from 12 to 18 months.

Contact GoodLaw Solicitors

If you’re navigating the complexities of divorce and require expert legal guidance, contact GoodLaw Solicitors today. Our experienced team of matrimonial solicitors is on hand to guide you through this tricky process.

By Published On: April 22nd, 2024Categories: Resources

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