For separated couples divorcing in Scotland, we have a clear set of principles that we apply when advising on the financial implications of divorce. The same principles apply to couples dissolving a civil partnership.
Often the financial situation of a family is complex, but the basic principles of how we go about considering things still apply.
Figuring out the property acquired during the marriage or civil partnership is the first step. The goal is to ascertain the assets accrued from the income and efforts made during the marriage or civil partnership. In Scotland, we have a clear steer from our divorce laws on how inherited, gifted or pre-martial assets should be treated and that makes Scotland an attractive place for individuals to divorce.
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Valuing those assets acquired during the marriage, including the family home, is the second step. We have strong working relationships with experts in-house and elsewhere so that clients receive the best possible advice on issues such as valuing businesses, property and pensions.
The third, and often more complicated, part of the process is determining how assets should be shared. This is where our detailed knowledge of the legal situation and the problem-solving approach clients receive from our divorce lawyers prove invaluable.
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Married couples also have a legal obligation to support one another. Our specialist family lawyers can advise on all issues surrounding maintenance payments, including child support and how costs such as school fees should be met.
Every situation is different. The more complex the situation, the more help and guidance you may require. We regularly advise clients based in Scotland but with assets abroad, on divorcing in Scotland.
We aim to help our clients make sound economic decisions both in terms of their own financial affairs and the cost of the advice they require. We provide guidance on cost from the outset. We encourage our clients to speak to us openly about costs and arrangements for payment.
Finances on divorce key highlights
- Obtaining advice following separation helps clients to understand how best to resolve matters in a constructive way.
- Shaun George regularly acts in multi-jurisdictional matters pertaining to financial provision and forum shopping.
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