Michael Spoors are a law firm that specialises in Family Law, the only such firm in Newport, and as such we are uniquely able to offer you advice and assistance that is based on the latest thinking in this ever changing branch of law.
Here are just a few of the other things that make us stand out from the crowd:
- We pride ourselves on our levels of service. We will answer communications immediately, and work proactively with you, providing advice accurately and quickly. We are available by telephone, fax, email, text or personal meeting.
- We stand out from other law firms on the Isle of Wight, having dealt with highly complex matters in divorce concerning private and public companies, foreign assets, trusts, complex disclosure issues, and more.
- We represent our clients regularly at court when required, either locally on the Island, in Southampton or Portsmouth , centrally in London or across the country when appropriate.
- We have represented clients at the highest courts in the country; at both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
When a relationship breaks down it can often be a stressful and confusing time. You may be unsure as to what route would be best: divorce or separation. We can help you decide on what the best option is for you.
In order to be eligible for divorce or separation, the marriage has to have broken down irretrievably and be beyond repair, as a result of one of the following:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Desertion after two years or more
- Separation of two years or more where both spouses consent
- Separation of five years or more
We will go through all of these grounds with you and explain the implications of each.
Divorce can often be viewed as an intimidating procedure involving endless paperwork and visits to court. We are committed to making the entire process as hassle-free as possible. We will provide you with pragmatic, common sense advice that is affordable and suited to your individual situation. Wherever possible, attendances at court will be avoided and to this end we endeavour to ensure that petitions for divorce are issued by agreement and proceed undefended and essentially by post. Divorce remains a legal process but we realise that for many people this may be their only experience of court and our aim is to de-mystify and simplify the steps involved for you.
We are highly experienced in all matters relating to divorce and separation and will advise you on all related issues, including arrangements and disputes in respect of children and also financial and property issues.
Together with our external expert resources, we can offer you a legal service to meet your specific needs.
Financial divorce settlements
Reaching a financial settlement can often be the most complicated part of the whole divorce process.
Both parties are required to provide a full and frank disclosure of their finances and an agreement must be reached, with or without court intervention. This is why it’s extremely important to take expert legal advice to make sure you get a fair financial settlement.
The most important factors in any financial settlement are the needs of the parties and welfare of any children. Consideration is also given to:
- Contributions each party has made to the marriage, either financially or domestically
- Earnings and potential earnings (including pensions)
- Properties and other financial assets
- Any debt or financial responsibility
- Ages and length of the marriage
- The standard of living during marriage.
Our expertise in combining excellent negotiation and mediation skills with tough litigation expertise means we can handle the most intricate of financial affairs. We have extensive experience of cases involving companies, partnerships, agricultural assets, off-shore investments and trusts, as well as commercial and international property.
There are a number of different options to take when seeking to resolve financial matters – we can advise you on the best approach to take with your settlement.
Interim financial arrangements
We can also help with interim financial provision if your spouse is not supporting you financially. We will make an emergency application to the court for ‘maintenance pending suit’ – this is a court order that requires your spouse to pay you a fixed monthly sum until the divorce is brought to a conclusion. In addition, we can seek an order that your spouse assist you in meeting your legal cost of the divorce process.
If there is a risk your spouse may be trying to hide or dispose of assets, we can also arrange for injunctions, which will freeze assets until the divorce has been concluded.
Contact Michael Spoors now for your FREE initial appointment. Our offices are based in the centre of Newport.