When a relationship breaks down, you face a multitude of uncertainties and anxieties. Break-ups turn the familiar on its head, and it is hard to see how to approach the present to ensure that you will be able to make the most of the future. Clarity and constructive ideas are what is most useful, and as a break-up involves at least two people, the more that they can work on these together, the easier it is to find solutions that will meet both your needs. This is where Collaborative Family Lawyers can help.
Savings and investment products have never been more complex than they are today. Money can be held in a wide range of investment vehicles with different tax treatments. Your savings may range from old policies with complex guarantees, to new investments incorporating derivatives and hedge fund strategies. Personal finance is rarely straightforward, and as separating couples embark on a divorce, they often wonder “will my finances survive my divorce?”
The factors that have the most impact on whether you end up with a fair settlement that has protected and maximised your wealth include:
- the willingness of both parties to fully disclose all financial information;
- the ability of all parties to assess the true value of the assets held;
- understanding how assets can best be split to suit your individual future financial goals and agreeing a mutually beneficial split of assets.
With Collaborative Family Practice, both parties agree to make decisions that suit you and your family. This process of working together as a team, in a respectful manner and with open communication, means that all finances are fully disclosed, and time can be spent to make sure that the value of the assets is fully understood.
You each work with Collaborative Family Lawyers who have access to financial planners, who are qualified divorce specialists. These financial planners are able to act in a neutral capacity and help both parties fully understand more complicated investments, ensure that you maximise your post-divorce wealth and avoid expensive mistakes.
They can also help divorcing couples make positive financial plans for the future, and ensure that the finances are separated not just in a fair way, but in a manner that helps both achieve their future financial goals.