While there are many stories in the press of costly and drawn-out divorce battles between celebrity couples or high net worth individuals, it does not have to be this way for your divorce. Although involving the courts will be unavoidable in some circumstances, many couples do eventually manage to come to an agreement either between themselves or with a little external help.
Here at Austin Kemp, we regularly see clients who are gravely worried about what their financial future may hold after their divorce. In this article, we will look at ways to help you to take the uncertainty out of your finances and take control of your financial future.
The emotional upheaval that often accompanies a divorce, together with the stress and the strain that go hand in hand with financial uncertainties, can result in an extremely volatile concoction.
Seeking expert advice from a solicitor can help you to understand what your financial future may look like, taking away some of the anxiety and enabling you to take control of the situation.
Even for a couple who aren’t separating, talking about finances can result in difficult discussions. When a relationship breaks down, communication that doesn’t end in some form of argument or heated discussion can seem almost impossible. Often, your spouse is the last person you want to talk to.
It is understandable, then, that many divorcing couples eventually avoid talking directly to each other about how their financial future will look.
If it is possible for an agreement to be reached about the divorce settlement between the couple themselves, this can often help to speed up the divorce process, potentially resulting in cost-savings. Any good solicitor should encourage you to try to reach an agreement in this way, if at all possible. A legally binding document can then be drafted, stating what you have agreed.
If reaching an agreement in this way is not possible, then it may be necessary to seek some external help.
Mediation, for example, where an independent third party aids discussions with the aim of helping the divorcing couple to come to an agreement, can often be an effective way to reach an agreement on issues such as the financial settlement and child arrangements.
Another option may be collaborative law, where meetings between you, your spouse and your respective solicitors take place with the aim of reaching an agreement.
Reaching an agreement outside of a courtroom can help to reduce both time and costs.
However, sometimes, if a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached using other methods, court may be unavoidable. Having an experienced solicitor working with you and advising you from the start, can help to take away some of the stress and strain, if asking a court to decide your financial settlement turns out to be necessary.
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