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Vanessa therefore came to us and asked us to draft a prenuptial agreement on her behalf. We put together a document which provided for her to retain a certain proportion of the equity in her home in the event of divorce, with the remainder to be divided equally between her and Mike.
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Anita and Mark had a large family home with a mortgage and both had NHS pensions. We helped them to an agreement following their separation.
Christina had a young son, Joshua, following a relationship with a top sportsman. When Christina came to us, she had been unable to get her ex to make a fair contribution to Joshua’s upkeep.
Simon and Rachel were married for 20 years and had four teenage children. Simon was the CEO of a household name manufacturing company established by his family many years ago.
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Pre 'no fault' divorce law came into effect (april 2022), rebecca and simon: divorce.
Rebecca (49) and Simon (51) have been married for 30 years and do not have any children. They live in a three bedroom house. Simon works full-time as a business analyst and has a collection of old and valuable motor cars. Rebecca works part-time in a travel agency.
Recently Rebecca has spent very little time with Simon, does not help with household tasks and has also started to sleep in the spare bedroom of their house. As a result of Rebecca’s behaviour, Simon has decided that he would like a divorce, although he is concerned how a divorce would affect him financially. What does he need to consider?
Simon could file a petition for divorce on the basis that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. To prove this he will have to show one of five facts: adultery, unreasonable behaviour, two years separation with Rebecca’s consent, five years separation without Rebecca’s consent or desertion. Simon could petition based on Rebecca’s behaviour which has led Simon to believe he cannot reasonably be expected to live with Rebecca. Simon will need to cite examples of her behaviour which have led to the breakdown of their marriage.
Once the petition has been issued, Rebecca will be served with a copy and she will need to file a form at court called an Acknowledgement of Service. The court will firstly pronounce a Decree Nisi and six weeks and one day later Simon can apply for the Decree Absolute. The Decree Absolute is often delayed until an agreement has been reached about finances.
Family finances are dealt with separately from the divorce process. In order to ascertain the full value of the family assets, both Simon and Rebecca should undertake full financial disclosure. It is important to note that the division of family finances is unaffected by the reasons for the breakdown of the marriage save for very specific circumstances such as severe financial misconduct.
The court will attempt to ensure that there is a fair division of the matrimonial assets to provide adequate housing for both Simon and Rebecca. Various factors will be taken into account to determine what a fair settlement might be. The entire capital accumulated between the couple would be taken into account, to include but not limited to savings held in their respective sole names and other assets which would include Simon’s collection of motor cars.
Simon should be aware that on the basis of the length of their marriage and the fact that he earns a considerably larger salary than Rebecca, Rebecca may need some spousal maintenance (monthly income) from him to supplement her income. Rebecca would also be encouraged to maximise her income by for example, increasing her working hours.
Simon should be made aware that due to the length of their marriage, Rebecca may be entitled to a share of his pension.
Simon should contact a family law solicitor who can provide him with legal advice about his options for the divorce and the finances.
Philippa and Robert: Divorce
Phillipa (53) and Robert (55) have been married for 35 years and have one child together who is living independently. They live in a three bedroom house in Kent. Robert works full-time as a business analyst for a bank and enjoys collecting rare and valuable war medals. Phillipa works part-time in a confectionary shop.
Over the last few years, Robert and Phillipa have grown apart and have spent less time together, with Robert travelling for his work and Phillipa regularly attending confectionary fairs in Devon. Two months ago, Robert returned home and Phillipa told him that she had fallen in love with another man and she wanted a divorce. Robert reluctantly agreed to a divorce but is concerned how a divorce would affect him financially. What does he need to consider?
Robert could file a petition for divorce on the basis that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. To prove this he will have to show one of five facts: adultery, behaviour, two years’ separation with Phillipa’s consent, five years separation without Philippa’s consent or desertion. Robert could petition based on Phillipa’s adultery but in order to do this, Phillipa would have to agree to sign a statement confirming that the adultery took place. Alternatively, Robert could issue the petition based on Phillipa’s behaviour and he would have to provide examples of this behaviour.
Once the petition has been issued, Phillipa will be served with a copy and she will need to file a form at court called an Acknowledgement of Service. The court will firstly pronounce a Decree Nisi (interim decree of divorce) and six weeks and one day later Robert can apply for the Decree Absolute (final decree of divorce). The Decree Absolute is often delayed until an agreement has been reached about the finances.
Family finances are dealt with separately from the divorce process. In order to ascertain the full value of the family assets, both Robert and Phillipa should undertake full financial disclosure. It is important to note that the division of family finances is unaffected by the reasons for the breakdown of the marriage save for in very specific circumstances such as severe financial misconduct. The starting point is an equal division but various additional factors will then be taken into account to determine what a fair settlement might be.
Capital and Housing Needs
As Robert and Phillipa’s child lives independently, the court will simply need to ensure that there is a fair split of the matrimonial assets to provide adequate housing for both Robert and Phillipa. The entire capital accumulated between the couple would be taken into account, which would include but is not limited to Robert’s valuable war medals, savings, policies, shares and bonds.
Robert should be aware that on the basis of the length of their marriage and the fact that he earns a considerably larger salary than Phillipa, Phillipa may need some spousal maintenance (monthly income) from him to supplement her income. Phillipa would also be encouraged to maximise her income by for example, increasing her working hours.
Robert should be made aware that due to the length of their marriage, Phillipa may be entitled to a share of his pension.
Robert should contact a family law solicitor who can provide him with legal advice about his options for the divorce and the finances.
John & Emma: Divorce and the family finances
John (42) and Emma (40) have been married for 14 years and they have two children together; Ruby who is 10 years old and Lucas who is 7 years old. They live in a 3 bedroom house in Kent. John works full time as an IT Consultant and Emma works part-time as a senior sales assistant, which fits around the children’s school hours.
Over the last few years, John and Emma have grown apart. John recently moved out of the family home and has told Emma that he now wants a divorce. Emma has reluctantly agreed to divorce, but she is very concerned about how she and the children will manage financially. What does Emma need to consider?
Either party could file a petition for a divorce but as John wants a divorce he could file a petition for divorce on the basis that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. To prove this he will have to show one of five facts: adultery, behaviour, two years separation with Emma’s consent, five years separation without Emma’s consent, or desertion. John could issue the petition now based on Emma’s behaviour which be finds unreasonable and intolerable to live with and he would have to give examples of this behaviour. This could be difficult for Emma to accept but they could agree the wording of the petition before it is issued. It is difficult and expensive to contest a divorce petition once issued at court. As Emma has reluctantly agreed to divorce, she can negotiate the wording of the petition rather than defending the proceedings.
Once the petition is issued, Emma will be served with a copy and she will need to file a form at court called an Acknowledgment of Service which she must complete and return to the court within 7 days of receipt. Once John has made an application for the first divorce order, the court will firstly pronounce the Decree Nisi (interim decree of divorce) and six weeks and one day later John can apply for the Decree Absolute (final decree of divorce). The Decree Absolute is often delayed until after an agreement has been reached about the finances.
The family finances are dealt with separately to the divorce process itself. John and Emma should undertake full financial disclosure to determine the true value of all the matrimonial assets. The starting point is an equal division of all the assets and then various factors must be considered to determine what would be a fair settlement. In summary, Emma may want to consider the following:
a) Capital and housing needs:
The court will want to make sure that the children are securely and adequately housed. Emma should consider how much capital there is (including savings and investments), her housing needs, her mortgage capacity and how much equity is in the family home. John may also need some capital to rehouse himself.
Emma may need some spousal maintenance (monthly income) from John to supplement her income so she can support herself and maintain the family home. Emma should also consider whether she can increase her hours at work to increase her income which she would be expected to do by the court.
c) Child maintenance:
John has a liability to pay to Emma child maintenance for both children. The amount will depend on his income but it is likely that he will be required to pay 20% of his net income. If John has the children to stay with him overnight for more than 52 nights per year, the child maintenance he pays will be reduced.
If John or Emma wanted to assess John’s child meaintenance obligations, an initial assessment can be made on the Child Maintenance Service calculator at: https://www.gov.uk/calculate-child-maintenance
Emma should consider whether John has any pensions, their value and the value of her own pensions.
Emma should contact a family law solicitor who can provide her with legal advice about her options for the divorce and the finances.
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The finances are the most difficult aspect of a separation in the majority of cases. Resources are limited and people and parties generally want to retain as much as they can for themselves. The concepts behind the finance and divorce settlements are largely the same i.e;
- The overriding principle applied is fairness and in most instances the starting point for a division of the financial is on equal basis.
- However that ‘equality’ is generally overridden by taking into account the needs of the children and if the income of the parents is significantly different eg:
Case Study 1 Married couple in their 30’s with two young children aged three and five; wife in part time low paid employment and husband in well paid full time employment; equity in the matrimonial property modest; in this sort of case it may be that wife retains the matrimonial home because she cannot get a mortgage herself or adequately downsize and therefore the house can be retained by her until the children grow up or wife remarries or cohabits. Speak to our family law experts to learn more.
Case Study 2 Married couple in their 50’s with children who are grown up but are still at home albeit not in full time education; parties are both in full time employment but with differing incomes; generally the house would be sold with a starting point for the division of the equity on an equal basis. However as wife earns significantly less than husband she could receive more capital from the matrimonial property (e.g. 60/40) so that husband does not have to pay her maintenance.
Case Study 3 Married couple in late 30’s with similar incomes with three dependent children; matrimonial home is sold and proceeds divided equally on the basis that they wish to share care and wish to obtain two smaller properties to accommodate the children. Read more about children and divorce here .
Case Study 4 Married couple in late 50’s with no dependent children, jointly owning property with relatively small mortgage; wife however has pension funds accumulated through years of service in the public sector whereas husband has no pension having been employed and self-employed without any pension provision; property is to be sold with an equal division of the equity with a view to both parties downsizing or renting but husband gets 50% pension share of the wife’s pension fund as he has no pension provision.
Case Study 5 Married couple in their 40’s with modest matrimonial home with a small amount of equity. Wife has worked in low paid employment and has little prospect of increasing her earning capacity; husband has worked in better employment and has a pension entitlement upon his future retirement; husband agrees to transfer his interest in the matrimonial property to the wife on the basis that wife agrees not to claim against his pension.
Case Study 6 Married couple in early 40’s with two teenage children; equity in the property is reasonable and husband has significant pension through his employment whereas his wife has got modest pension; wife agrees as primary carer of the children to sell the matrimonial home using 2/3 of the equity to purchase a smaller property in her sole name; husband receives 1/3 of the equity on the basis that his housing needs are less and he has a higher income so is better able to afford a mortgage; wife receives a pension share which will provide her with equality in the present level of pensions ( taking into account her own pension which is offset against the husband’s greater pension).
Just a few people that we have helped.., case study 1 – maria, maria recently separated from her husband and has two children aged 5 and aged 8. her husband has been contacting her by telephone and social media and upsetting her every time he calls to collect the children for contact..
Maria felt intimidated and threatened by her husband, so she should seek legal advice in the first instance, with a view to obtaining a Non-Molestation Order under the Protection of Harassment Legislation. This was arranged by way of an Ex Parte Application i.e. without her husband’s knowledge. Court Protection was also required as a matter of urgency and was sought by way of an inter parte application, whereby a date was fixed and both parties gave evidence on the day of the hearing.
Case Study 2 – Sam
Sam has been separated for approximately two and a half years from his wife but the parties are on good terms, he wanted to obtain a divorce..
As Sam had been separated for over two years, the divorce ground of two years separation with consent was available as long as he obtained the consent of his wife. The divorce therefore, proceeded on a no-fault basis between the parties.
Costs can be agreed, although consent can be made a condition upon no order for costs being sought against the Petitioning party which will leave the petitioning party with the costs. In this case, the costs were agreed between the parties as their divorce proceeded on an amicable basis with each party bearing half the costs.
Case Study 3 – Jane
Jane had just separated from jack and still lived in the family home which they had bought together before they got married. jane wanted to remain there and retain a roof over the heads of the children, they also own a rented house. jane worked and had a pension, savings and some life policies. she had discussed the matter with jack and he too wanted to sort out all matters on a fair and equal basis..
The First port of all was to take legal advice, the parties provided all of their financial information to their Solicitors and advised that they wish to conduct all matters on an amicable basis. The parties set about obtaining an idea of what the properties were worth, provided all of their bank statement, valuations of life policies and Cash Equivalent Transfer Values (CETV) in respect of their pensions.
The documents were provided to their Solicitors with a view to a mutual exchange of one parties documents to be provided to the other parties Solicitors. Each party then viewed the documentation with a view to any other matters arising and were permitted to obtain further documentation which was then provided.
A joint consultation was organised with a view to sorting out all matters in order to reach an agreed way forward. This was drafted in the form of a Matrimonial Agreement, which both parties approved and signed. A time-limit was given towards the implementation of the terms of the agreement. The parties were able to agree on a way forward in relation to divorce proceedings. Ultimately the matrimonial agreement was sent to the Judge on the hearing of the divorce with a view to approving the arrangements on behalf of the parties.
Case Study 4 – John
John and mary had been living apart for a period of three years and had had a really good arrangement in relation to john’s contact with their child. unfortunately, their amicable relationship fell apart and john desperately wanted to see his children..
Firstly, communication was key to this situation and initially, mediation was advised, as a first means to starting to communicate properly in relation to their child. Their Solicitors entered into correspondence with each other, in an attempt to set up some form of proper and meaningful contact for John and his children, but as a last resort, the matter was taken into Court with a view to a family Judge making the decision. The Judge requested statements of evidence from both parties and then listed the matter for hearing. The Judge then ultimately decided upon a contact order.
Often a contact arrangement can be agreed without a Court Order, but this did not work so a contact order was made in favour of John in respect of contact with his child – which ordered the mother to provide the child as and when the contact order stated.
Case Study 5 – Alison
Alison has three children and recently they were accommodated by social services, as she simply couldn’t cope. she has just started to co-operate with the trust and feels that she is now in a better position to look after her children and wants the children returned to her care but feels that she continues to require a huge amount of support from social services. in the meantime, social services issued interim care order proceedings in respect to her three children as they wish to share parental responsibly with her in respect of the children..
Firstly, the key to this situation was that Alison must co-operate with the Trusts’ Social Workers and avail of all services offered to her by her Social Worker. A Guardian ad Litem was appointed by the Court where the care order proceedings took place, as a voice for the children, and a Solicitor was appointed to represent the children. Both Guardian ad Litem and the Solicitor acted in the best interest of the children and listened to their instructions.
Alison was advised to co-operate fully with the Social Worker who was represented by Trust Solicitor and during the course of Court proceedings, undertook various assessments applicable, for example, a Parenting Assessment, a Psychological Assessment, Psychiatric Assessment and Independent Social Work Assessment. These assessments are only undertaken, if but only if applicable.
In Alison’s case, these assessments assisted the Court in reaching a decision, in the best interests of the children and to help them make a final decision in relation to what needed to be done in the matter, to assist her.
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Helping clients with family law issues in Milton Keynes
Our highly dedicated team of family lawyers at Stowe Family Law in Milton Keynes are on-hand to support people across Buckinghamshire facing family law matters, including divorce, settling finances and making arrangements for children.
Led by Partner, Reshma Sunnassee, the Milton Keynes team, including solicitors Melanie Quinn and Sam Farndale works hard to deliver exceptional client care and the best results, highlighted by the case studies below.
Whether you are going through a challenging divorce, struggling with the division of assets, unable to decide on child custody, or dealing with post-divorce arrangements, the Milton Keynes team of family lawyers can help.
When court proceedings are the only option
While most of Stowe’s family law cases do not end up in court proceedings, sometimes people cannot agree, and a judge is required to make the decisions.
An example of this is a recent case from Milton Keynes, when the wife instructed the team in a long-running financial remedy case, which was not resolved despite lengthy solicitor negotiations and mediation.
A long marriage of thirty years plus, the parties struggled to agree on the ownership of the family home and how to divide the pension pots.
Picking up the case at this stage, the team quickly established that negotiations had reached a stale-mate, and court proceedings were issued.
The team worked hard to support the client through preparation for court, clearly explaining all the processes and what would happen on the day, whilst also ensuring direct negotiations were ongoing.
Thankfully, prior to the initial hearing, a new proposal was offered to the other party with a much fairer and realistic settlement, which was accepted and court proceedings were avoided.
Finally ending the divorce has meant both parties could move forward in life from a financially secure position.
Formalising child custody arrangements
The team in Milton Keynes frequently supports separated parents across Buckinghamshire who struggle to agree on custody arrangements for their children.
In one such case, they represented the father of three young children who had made child custody arrangements through direct negotiation with the mother, but she was not adhering to them.
After meeting with the team, it was agreed the best approach was to apply to the court for a child arrangement order, so that a more formalised system was in place.
Using their expertise in Child Law, the team developed a custody arrangement that would be in the best interests of the children and meet the needs of both parents.
This was taken to the court, and after legal proceedings, the court issued a child arrangements order that reflected the agreed-upon child custody arrangement.
Having a formal arrangement in place has been beneficial for the children, so they have consistency and routine in their life, and has helped relations between the parents.
Ending a civil partnership
Stowe Family Law's Milton Keynes office recently supported a client through the dissolution of their civil partnership.
In this case, the couple was one of the first same-sex couples to take advantage of the introduction of civil partnerships in 2005.
At the beginning of 2021, following financial pressures and disagreements caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, they separated and began the process of civil partnership dissolution.
While the couple did not have children, they had built up a small property portfolio and purchased many high-value items.
The team worked closely with the client to understand the financial situation and identify the assets that needed to be divided between them. This included the couple's savings, investments, property, and all assets over £500.
After the disclosure process, the team worked closely with the client and the other party’s legal team to create a fair settlement that met both people’s needs.
After several months of negotiations, the team helped the couple reach an agreement, and this was then turned into a consent order by the courts to make it legally binding. There was also a clean break clause added to avoid future claims.
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The Milton Keynes office is one of several serving clients in the Buckinghamshire area, where they offer advice to people dealing with the issues caused by a relationship breakdown.
From ending a marriage, supporting cohabiting couples to separate, to civil partnership dissolution, Partner, Reshma Sunnassee and her team are here to help.
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Passport Application on behalf of a Child Represented a mother who needed to apply for a passport for a child but the father was estranged and outside the UK.
The finances are the most difficult aspect of a separation in the majority of cases. Resources are limited and people and parties generally want to retain
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John and Mary had been living apart for a period of three years and had had a really good arrangement in relation to John's contact with their child.
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