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Divorce and
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Divorce and Separation

Combining sensitivity with sound legal advice, we can help you achieve the best possible outcomes from your divorce proceedings.

Ending a marriage or civil partnership can be highly stressful. It typically brings emotional factors head to head with practical matters that nonetheless need dealing with, such as the division of hitherto mutual finances, property or business interests. What’s more, there may be children involved, and their best interests are obviously paramount.

Divorce or separation puts a lot on your plate

However a relationship ends, there are many decisions to make – all at a time when you’re probably least prepared for it emotionally. That’s why seeking advice early on in the process, from specialist divorce solicitors, can be key to putting yourself in the best position and avoiding some of the potential tax pitfalls.

Secure the professional advice that matches your needs and circumstances

As tempting as it can be to try and deal with the process yourself, professional advice from the outset is by far the best way to approach what can be a tricky and emotionally charged situation.

First things first – call us

Your initial conversation with our expert Family Law team is free, and without obligation. We appreciate that every family dynamic is different, so we’ll simply ask a few questions so we can highlight your options and put you in touch with the most suitable specialist lawyer. From there we can discuss the best ways we can help, and be clear and up-front about the potential costs and timings involved. If possible, we can propose fixed-fee arrangements.

Our team is friendly and approachable, with an impressive breadth of skills and knowledge in a diverse range of specialist areas, including:

  • financial affairs
  • inherited wealth
  • pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements
  • international divorce
  • divorces involving businesses
  • specialist divorces including high net worth cases

Talk to the best in the business

Chambers and The Legal 500, the two leading independent legal guides, have ranked the Stephens Scown Family Law team the best in Devon and Cornwall, and we help people across the UK.

Our divorce solicitors’ recent experience includes:

  • cases involving complex trust structures where the trustees had to be joined as parties to the proceedings
  • cases where one party failed to provide full financial disclosure and we achieved an order providing our client with all of the known assets
  • divorce cases involving shareholdings in private companies
  • negotiating financial settlements for separated civil partners
  • financial negotiation and settlement where the parties jointly owned 20 properties
  • arranging private negotiation ‘hearings’ outside of the court process to speed up the financial resolution and maintain privacy
  • situations involving fraudulent divorce proceedings issued overseas, resulting in the need for an injunction to allow the divorce to be dealt with in England
  • cases where one party is resident overseas or has assets abroad.

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