Uncertainty is one of the most upsetting aspects of divorce or civil partnership dissolution, particularly where finances are concerned.
Disputes often arise when it comes to the splitting of financial assets, which is why our family lawyers will do all they can to keep everything straightforward, aiming to help you reach a fair settlement with the least possible stress so that you can focus on getting your life back on track. You’ll be presented with practical and strategic solutions that will give you the stability you need, particularly if children are involved.
When a marriage breaks down many difficult questions will need to be addressed regarding the financial consequences of the breakdown. This area of law is known as ancillary relief and is probably the most complex area of all family law.
At Viberts, our team will provide you with advice throughout your divorce on financial matters.
These are the main issues that you may face.
What orders can the court make?
The short term
Final orders can only be made by the court once a decree nisi is ordered by the court.
At an early stage in divorce proceedings it is possible to apply for Maintenance Pending Suit. This exists to bridge the gap between commencing divorce proceedings and the end of the proceedings. This is therefore a short term or temporary measure.
The order will be for the regular payment of a sum of money by way of maintenance. It will continue until matters are finally determined either by agreement or by a court hearing.
The long term
The court can order:
(a) Financial provision order i.e. periodical payments for the other spouse and/or children, and lump sums.
(b) Property adjustment orders i.e. transfer/settlement of immovable property.
You will be advised by us as to when to make an application for ancillary relief. In addition, we will also ensure that all the possible options for financial relief are discussed with you.
Once a summons for financial relief is filed it will be necessary to file financial disclosure with the court. This is initially done by an Affidavit of Means and is intended to give a complete picture of your financial circumstances.
Throughout the financial proceedings the court will be considering all your financial affairs and those of the other party. It is therefore essential that you keep all documents safely and produce them for your lawyer when asked to do so.
A further stage of financial disclosure normally now takes place through financial questionnaires.
It is essential again that all relevant documents are disclosed.
Examples of what documents will be requested are:
- Bank statements.
- Credit card statements.
- Details of insurance policies.
- Details of loan agreements.
- Details of pensions.
- Receipts for food, motoring, utility bills etc.
If you own immovable property a valuation will need to be disclosed and ideally agreed.
The most complex cases are those involving any of the following:
- Large pensions.
- Overseas assets.
- Private companies or partnerships.
- Self-employed individuals.
- Trusts or foundations.
As an English lawyer specialising in matrimonial finance and children law I would always recommend Viberts to a client looking for a Jersey lawyer. The team are always bright, very hard-working and give great advice. From a barrister’s perspective they are a dream to work with.
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