There are likely to be a number of financial matters that need resolving if you are in a relationship which breaks down or you get divorced, from what will happen to the family home, assets and your pensions to what financial support there will be for any children you have.
Whether you are going through a divorce, separation, relationship breakup or the dissolution of a civil partnership, at Rotheras we can help you in settling your financial issues with your former partner and come to an amicable and legally binding agreement.
Finances are usually dealt with separately to divorce proceedings but can be handled at the same time.
Financial matters can usually be resolved through negotiations between the couple, collaborative law or mediation. If your case does go to court, an agreement is often reached before the final hearing and our family team have considerable experience in the court process.
There are various options available for securing your finances, depending on whether you are divorced, separated, or have just entered into a relationship, that we can advise and assist you with. These include:
If you are planning to enter into a marriage or civil partnership you might consider making a pre-nuptial agreement to protect your individual assets, which states decisions you and your partner have jointly made regarding the division of property and support from your spouse in the event of the marriage breaking up, divorce, separation or the dissolution of your civil partnership.
Pre-nuptial agreements are not currently binding under English law but are now being given increased recognition by the courts.
A post-nuptial agreement can be made once you are married, or if you have entered a civil partnership, you can draw up a post-partnership agreement.
Both you and your partner will need to fully disclose your finances and include information in the agreement about income and expected future income; property you own together and separately; pensions; possessions owned jointly or individually, loans, bills and debts and your Will arrangements.
Pensions can be one of the most valuable assets in a marriage, so they are taken into account as part of the financial settlement on divorce and when dividing assets fairly between parties.
If you are divorcing your spouse and one party has considerably more valuable pension rights, we can advise on a pension sharing order, offsetting or earmarking.
A pension sharing order enables a percentage of one party’s pension to be transferred into a pension for the other party. In comparison offsetting is where one party retains their pension and the other party is compensated by receiving a greater share of other assets from the marriage, such as property.
We will go through your wishes and fully assess your financial situation to give you the best possible advice about the settlement you are likely to receive.
We have Resolution accredited solicitors as well as specialists in collaborative law.
We can offer tailored advice on how to protect your wealth and assets based on your personal circumstances.
We can advise you on whether setting up a trust or family business investment would benefit you and your situation.
Once you have reached a final agreement we can advise you on a Consent Order if you enter into divorce proceedings or a separation agreement if you are not getting a divorce.
We can also advise on any inheritance received during the course of the marriage and whether this is considered matrimonial or non-matrimonial property.
We can advise on your potential future financial position during divorce proceedings, including any inheritance you could receive and benefitting from the expertise of our private client team who can discuss with you how to protect yourself from inheritance claims.
We can offer legal aid if eligible.
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Partner & Chairwoman
Ann-Marie Bowman is Partner and Chairwoman of Nottingham based law firm Rotheras. Ann-Marie remains highly committed to her fee-earning work in family law, dealing with all aspects of children matters.
Joanne Millward is a family law solicitor with over 20 years’ experience dealing with all areas of Family Law.
Partner & Head of Family
Paul Cobb is Head of the Family department and is a family and matrimonial solicitor, specialising in collaborative law, at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.
Ruth specialises in all aspects of family law and since 2010 she has been an accredited specialist in private law children matters and in domestic abuse where urgent protective remedies are required.
Sally Hartland is a Family, Matrimonial and Child Law specialist based at our offices in The Lace Market.
Emma Adcock is a family and matrimonial specialist based at The lace Market and West Bridgford offices.
Rebecca Lister is a Solicitor within our Family Department and specialises in children and child care proceedings, regularly representing parents during care proceedings.
Alison Richardson is a member of the family team and wills, trust & probate team based at our Mapperley office.
Family Law Executive
Chris specialises in children matters and provides support to Ann-Marie Bowman.
Sue Dutton is a Legal Executive in the Family and Childcare department at Rotheras and is based at our Long Eaton office.
Jasmine Jackson is a trainee Solicitor in the Family Law department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market Office.
Beccy Rodham is a Paralegal in Rotheras Family Law department and is based at our Lace Market office.
Elizabeth Shaw is a paralegal in Rotheras Family Law department and is based at our Lace Market office.
Susan White is a Paralegal in Rotheras Debt Recovery and Family Law department.
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