Ministry of Justice publishes guide to divorce financial settlements
With increasing numbers of divorcing couples unable to obtain legal aid, or needing to limit their legal costs, the MoJ has published a guide, “Sorting out your finances when you get divorced”.
The guide is intended for people with no legal knowledge, and provides some legal guidance as well as more general relevant information to help people reach their own agreements.
Sir James Munby, the senior Family court judge, says that it should help those without solicitors “who may be confronting the seemingly daunting prospect of negotiating their own agreements in the context of divorce and family breakdown. It provides a succinct summary of the law for those who cannot afford legal advice to reach financial agreements without the need for protracted court proceedings.”
The guide is here: http://www.advicenow.org.uk/guides/sorting-out-your-finances-when-you-get-divorced
Ian Downing of GA Solicitors family law department says: “This is a well written guide which would help anyone trying to understand what is involved in trying to settle financial issues. I would be happy for any client to read it as an introduction to the issues.
What it also illustrates however is how much there is to consider, and how wide the options can be. It is balancing and resolving all the different issues that causes many people so much difficulty, and where no guide can replace experienced legal advice.”