Divorce Rights For Men & Women | Shortlands Family Law Firm
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Divorce Rights For Men & Women

1. Maintenance Pending Suit:

This is your right to claim a monthly sum to ensure you can meet reasonable living costs pending the final settlement.

2. Payments for You:

This is a right to claim a monthly sum to meet your needs. The amount is dependent on prior needs and disposable income is available. The order can be until re-marriage or death or for a limited time.

3. Monthly Periodical Payments for Your Children:

The Child Maintenance service now calculates the amount to expect from your spouse in respect of child support. A formula is applied and the calculator can be downloaded here. If the parent responsible for the child is working abroad then the matter can be handled by us either through negotiation or through the Court.

4. Lump Sum Payment:

This is an option available depending on the wealth available for distribution.

5. Property Orders:

This is an order detailing, usually, how the family home should be divided. It can also apply to other assets such as bonds, stocks, shares and ISA’s. The property can be sold, transformed or held on trust for the other person up to a certain percentage pending the children ceasing minority.

6. Pension Order:

This is your right to claim a pension sharing order or an earmarking order so that you have some income at the point of retirement. You may have the right to claim all of the above or only a few.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I claim?

There are a wide range of claims that can be made depending on your circumstances.

Please see Your Rights.

How long does it take?

If matters can be agreed than the agreement is filed with the court after the pronouncement of the Decree Nisi.

If matters proceed to court then matters could take six months to a year to settle.

How long will I pay bills and legal costs until settlement?

If you do not have an income than an application for interim maintenance can be made seeking a monthly sum to cover utilities and urgent living expenses as well as fees. The amount received depends on the other party’s income.

Will all the hidden assets/income be disclosed and taken into account?

Absolutely. Full and frank disclosure is sought before any settlement is reached. See Hidden Assets & Disclosure.


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