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Family

Divorce, Civil Partnership Dissolution and Separation

We provide clear and practical advice on the financial consequences of the breakdown of a marriage, cohabiting relationship or civil partnership.

In today’s increasingly international world, many cases involve jurisdiction issues.  The financial consequences of divorce are quite different in different countries.  We can help our clients determine whether England is the most advantageous place to get divorced.  Often jurisdictional disputes or cases with offshore assets require urgent court applications and we pride ourselves on our responsive approach in these types of situations.

If a divorce in England is the answer, we deal with our cases in as efficient and discreet a manner as possible, advising clients on the process of getting divorced and on the wider financial implications of marriage breakdown.  The English court has a broad discretion to order the division of assets on divorce; ancillary relief is not an area where a mathematical formula can be applied and the practical experience of matrimonial lawyers in dealing with the Family Division of the High Court counts for a great deal.  Roger Cobden-Ramsay has over 30 years’ experience in his field, and Kathryn Peat has as many years’ experience and for 17 years has held a part-time judicial post, currently as a Recorder on the South-Eastern circuit sitting in family, civil and crime.  She is also a trained collaborative lawyer.

We act for clients in a wide range of circumstances, from the most amicable to the most acrimonious, helping them decide whether their best interests are served by settling through negotiation out of court or by court proceedings.  In all cases, our primary aim is to achieve the result the client wants at the least possible cost, both emotional and financial. It is important to us that we act for our clients in a style and at a pace which suits each individual.

We are also experienced in handling enforcement proceedings, if they should prove necessary.

Sometimes, perhaps for religious, emotional or financial reasons, clients decide that they want to separate but do not wish to divorce. In these cases we help our clients formalise arrangements and protect their financial interests by drafting and negotiating separation agreements and their terms, financial and otherwise.

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