We help make the financial side of getting a divorce as simple as possible, whilst retaining what you deserve.
Our international divorce lawyers regularly advise on cases involving complex international aspects.
The breakdown of a relationship can often be a difficult and emotional time. Our separation and divorce lawyers support and offer advice on pre-civil partnership agreements, post-civil partnership agreements, civil partnership dissolution, and finances when a civil partnership ends.
Our family law solicitors are experienced in providing support for families experiencing difficult changes in their lives, including breakdowns in relationships and changes to family life.
At Austin Kemp, we’re here to help. Find out more about the divorce process, and other key information with our vast resource section.
Our industry-first Divorce Report combines numerous data sources and internal research, to bring you this specialist report.
Our expert divorce lawyers have listed questions which are commonly asked by our clients, to which we have provided an answer.
Our legal videos break down the complexity and jargon within our profession.
Our Legal Brochures detail the process for each area of Family Law. Download your brochure and learn more about what is involved in this complicated legal topic.
Our Legal Experts have written insights to help you navigate divorce and family law.
Thoroughly excellent service provided via Wikivorce. Was slightly apprehensive of how it would all work, especially at a distance. However, they were swift, efficient, immensely polite, accurate, and gave regular updates. I would recommend them to anyone.
Can't fault my experience in any way. Brilliant advice / available at short notice for any questions and most importantly swiftly achieved the desired result. Found Austin Kemp after feeling HCB Solicitors were not acting in my best interests and I was correct on all fronts - even including having an appreciation for the fact Divorce is already emotional situation. Also, rather than have to query every suggested next step and be charged for the pleasure; As I'd done a little research of my own and was able to challenge their advice - however we pay Solicitors for their expertise and need to put our trust in them. Austin Kemp thankfully achieved that for me during our first conversation I was already reassured they understood what I wanted and how best to achieve it. Resulting in 7-8 months less work and no court appearances as I had been previously advised by HCB. I THANK YOU DEARLY AUSTIN KEMP. I can start my life again earlier and with a healthier bank balance because of you!!!
Amazing service. For the first time in nearly two years I feel less in a spiral and more in control.
Thoroughly professional, straightforward, timely and reasonably priced. I would recommend this firm to anyone. Thank you Emma and Austen Kemp for a great service.
Thank you so much. You were great. I wasted so much time and money with my previous solicitors and only regret I did not contact you earlier. I have dropped a line to Paul to thank him for referring me to you. I hope you enjoyed the red I sent you as a token of our appreciation.
Austin Kemp provides a pragmatic and honest approach to the individual's journey through Family Law issues. They demonstrate a willingness and capacity to respond to challenging and unpredictable circumstances. The professional, yet personal, service is naturally client centred, but with a realistic and informed view of children's needs. And it has been heartening to have such a caring team walk beside me in the long journey.
I cannot recommend highly enough Austin Kemp as a strong, commercially intelligent and the most effective negotiators. Their negotiation skills are second to none. I have seen firsthand the excellent results this team achieves for their clients.
Just want to say thanks so much for everything. You have been brilliant and very patient. I always felt comfortable calling when asking to clarify certain points of the divorce.
I can honestly say that I am more than satisfied with the management of my case and of my then state of mind. I highly recommend this firm. Thank you.
Amandeep Kooner was not prepared to be swayed from a path of professionalism to accommodate my anxiety and frustration. He would not succumb to taking instructions tit for tat response. He ensured at all times that the response he gave reflected a dignified client with a pleasant demeanour. In so doing he demonstrated his commitment to protect and secure my interests and dignity off which I am most grateful.
Although he has a dual approached role which is business and a duty of care, Amandeep Kooner showed concerns for the level of expenditure that I had already put out with no resolve. His team contained the work to the minimum and produced the maximum results. My case was quickly progressed without compromising compassion and understanding.
Very professional service! Explained everything they were doing for my case every step of the way and really helped me to understand how we would proceed. Thank you!
Intellectually bright, hardworking and extremely professional - Amandeep Kooner took my case at it most difficult as I had come to the end of my ability to remain calm and patient. Up until I instructed Austin Kemp, I had lost all hope that any solicitor could convince me in pursuing a non-retaliatory approach as I was losing ground to allegations and fabrications. Tough, hardworking and extremely professional.
Indeed, one of the first questions many of our clients ask us, is if it is possible to have a clean break from their other half after they divorce, with all finances completely separated (usually, it is, but it is not suitable for everyone so it’s important to get legal advice).
One of the main benefits of a clean break, is that it provides certainty for the future, which is why this approach is often encouraged by the courts.
The short answer is yes, it is possible to change a divorce financial order.
However, in practice, it’s not easy to do so. A judge will only alter a divorce financial order in a limited set of circumstances.
Your spouse (or you) could choose to appeal against a financial order, if you think there has been an error made by the judge in applying the law to your case. However, time is limited if you want to do this, so it’s highly advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
It’s also important to note at this point, that your spouse (or you) would need to seek permission from the court in order to appeal the order. Permission to appeal will only be granted if the appeal would have a real prospect of success (it is up to the court whether this is the case) or there is a compelling reason why the appeal should go ahead.
If you did appeal the order, the appeal judge/s could either set the order aside, affirm it or, alternatively, the judge could choose to vary the order. Equally, the judge could decide that a specific issue needs to go back to the lower court to be looked at again.
In some limited circumstances, your spouse (or you) could argue that the courts should reopen the financial order because of an event that occurred after the original order was made.
The event would have to be significant in order for a court to reopen a case like this. Again, it is highly advisable to seek legal advice if you wish to do this.
Sometimes, it may be possible to set aside a financial order due to, for example, duress or fraud.
Although getting a financial order changed is possible in some circumstances, it is not particularly common.
If you wish to alter a financial order, speed can be of the essence, so it’s crucial to seek advice from an experience divorce solicitor as soon as possible.
Whether you’ve gone through lengthy negotiations with your spouse to reach an agreement or were unable to agree and asked the courts to decide for you, you’ll no doubt be breathing a sigh of relief that your financial settlement is finally finalised. Or is it?
Financial settlements which could easily be changed would provide both spouses with very little financial security and closure after divorce. That is why there are only certain circumstances when financial orders can be changed.
Life does not stand still. Events happen which change our circumstances, meaning that the financial order that made sense when the divorce took place may now not be appropriate. When circumstances change, the courts have the power to vary financial orders.
Most commonly, the courts see applications to vary maintenance amount or length. However, the courts can also vary other elements of a financial order, if the circumstances dictate, such as an order for the sale of a property or an order for lump sums by instalments.
When varying financial orders, the judge will always have the needs of each spouse at the forefront of his/her mind.
As well as varying a financial order, the courts also have the power to set aside financial orders in some circumstances. This includes, but is not limited to:
If it is found that full financial disclosure did not happen at the time of the original financial settlement, the courts have the power to vary or even set the order aside. For this to happen, the asset/s that were not disclosed would have to be substantial or the information that was not provided at the time, key to the settlement.
If one spouse influenced the other party to agree to the financial settlement at the time of the divorce, the court again could choose to vary or set aside the order.
If one spouse acted fraudulently, this could result in the order being set aside or varied in the future.
In some very limited circumstances, a financial order may be changed due to an event taking place. For this to happen, the event would have to have occurred very soon after the order was made and be significant enough to warrant the changes to the order.
While financial settlements are generally seen as final, there are some circumstances, such as undue influence, fraud or an unexpected and significant event, that may justify changing or setting aside a financial order.
If you would like to have changes made to your financial order, it is highly recommended that you seek expert legal advice specific to your circumstances.
Our expert divorce solicitors can help you with a range of legal issues:
For more information call our divorce solicitors on 0845 862 5001 or email email@example.com.
Our expert divorce solicitors offer a nationwide service. We have client meeting office facilities available, in order to have face-to-face client meetings / conferences as and when required in our:
Leeds Office: St Andrew House, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 5JW
Sheffield Office: Pinfold Street, The Balance, Sheffield, S1 2GU
Manchester Office: King Street, Manchester, M2 4PD
Wakefield Office: Market Walk, Wakefield, WF1 1QR
Canary Wharf Office: 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LB
London Office: 01 Nothumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5BW
Please contact us for more details.