Having to go through a divorce is never likely to be easy. However, where there are also high-value assets to consider, the separation can become even more challenging to resolve in an amicable manner. That’s where our team of expert divorce solicitors are on hand to lend their support and guidance.
At Sharp Family Law, our specialist high net worth divorce solicitors have extensive experience in working with couples where one or both parties have a substantial income or assets.
Our divorce solicitors always take a collaborative approach to all types of separations, including those involving high-value assets, striving to remove conflict and animosity wherever possible. This approach will not only save you time and money but will also increase the likelihood of achieving a positive outcome that is in the best interests of all parties.
No matter how complex the circumstances of your divorce may appear, or how valuable the assets involved are, our divorce solicitors focus on utilising a variety of approaches to reduce conflict, such as collaborative law, constructive negotiation and mediation.
Sharp Family Law accept work in person and electronically, by email or by filesharing on various platforms. We offer conferences in person, at our offices and by Skype for business, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and FaceTime or other video systems, or by telephone.
To arrange an initial meeting with one of our high net worth divorce solicitors, whether that is in person or electronically, please give us a call or use our simple enquiry form to request a callback.
Our high net worth divorce services
Making financial arrangements for divorce
Our high net worth divorce solicitors can work alongside you to help arrange a financial settlement that is fair, protects your interests and provides assurance for the future. We understand that dividing high-value assets can be a daunting prospect, which is why we will provide straightforward guidance and focus on negotiating a settlement outside of court in the first instance.
As a part of the service our solicitors provide, we will make sure that all relevant financial issues are properly considered as a part of your divorce settlement. This may include:
- Arrangements for the family home
- The division of pension funds
- The division of savings and investments
- How business interests are valued
- International assets
- Child maintenance
- Spousal maintenance
We have previously worked with a wide range of high-net-worth individuals to organise their divorce, including professionals, business owners, retirees and even those with international connections around the world.
If there is a reason why an out of court is not possible, then our solicitors can provide practical advice about applying to a Family Court for a Financial Order. This will allow the court to decide how your financial arrangements should be determined. In these situations, our solicitors can provide you with robust representation, giving you the best chance of achieving a positive outcome.
High net worth divorces involving businesses
If you have a stake in a business, your commercial interests are likely to be a particular concern for both you and your former partner. Businesses are treated as matrimonial property, but there is various consideration that need to be made before you make the decision to split a business upon separation.
Our high net worth divorce solicitors in Bath and Bristol can help you and your former partner to navigate these complex issues and ensure you reach an outcome that suits your best interests, as well as those of the business and any relevant third parties.
Spousal maintenance agreements
It is often the case that one party has a higher income than the other party in divorce. Where this is true, it may be appropriate for a spousal maintenance agreement to be put in place, which enables both parties to maintain a reasonable standard of living.
When it comes to high net worth divorces, the financial disparity between a couple can prove to be significant, which makes the need for a spousal maintenance agreement even greater.
We can help you to negotiate a fair spousal maintenance agreement and provide advice about interim payments, which can be ordered by the court before a divorce is finalised so that both you and your former partner are on equal footing when you begin negotiations.
For more information regarding our divorce and finance services, please click here.
Why choose Sharp Family Law for advice about civil partnership dissolution?
Sharp Family Law is one of the largest family law firms in Bath and Bristol. We have specialist expertise in helping couples through the divorce process, including those with substantial finances, or high-value assets such as businesses.
Our approach is defined by our commitment to providing a carefully tailored and highly personal service. We understand that every case is unique, and, as such, we ensure that our advice is designed to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome for your individual circumstances.
We also understand that going through a divorce may be the first time you have had to deal with complex financial or familial arrangements. For that reason, we offer one to one guidance on these matters and can refer you to specialists such as financial or pension advisors where appropriate.
Independent recognition for our family law expertise includes:
- The Legal 500 - Tier 3 for Family in the South West
- Chambers & Partners – Band 2 for Family/Matrimonial in the South West
- Richard Sharp is personally ranked Band 3 in Chambers & Partners
Our team’s training and professional memberships include:
- Several members of Resolution – the professional network for family lawyers committed to taking a non-confrontational approach to family law
- Richard Sharp is a trained collaborative lawyer and family mediator in both the UK and USA
To find out more about our family lawyers’ individual expertise, please take a look at our team.
Our main approaches to high net worth divorce
The collaborative process involves you and your former partner meeting together to discuss the circumstances relating to your divorce so that you can reach a voluntary agreement out of court. You can discuss the practical elements relating to your high net worth divorce, such as financial arrangements and spousal maintenance, in a non-confrontational environment.
Collaborative law is governed by a Collaborative Agreement. This is signed by both parties and their respective lawyers and commits everyone to making the process a success by preventing those same lawyers from representing their clients in court.
Constructive Negations sees you and your former partner start round-the-table discussions, which are geared towards helping you reach an out-of-court settlement.
Constructive Negotiation works by prompting you and your former partner to have detailed conversations about your divorce and the way you intend to divide your finances. This gives you the opportunity to create a detailed strategy that will help you avoid any unnecessary conflict further down the line.
Family mediation shares similarities with the previously mentioned approaches, with the main difference being that the discussions are aided by a neutral family mediator.
The mediator is present to mediate the discussion concerning your high net worth divorce and nothing more. They cannot give legal advice or take sides.
If you cannot reach a voluntary agreement regarding your divorce, then it may be necessary to engage in court proceedings to reach a positive outcome.
In these situations, our solicitors can guide you through the process from start to finish, offering robust representation to help you secure a result that protects your financial interests and sets you up for the future.
Get in touch with our high net worth divorce solicitors in Bath and Bristol
To arrange an initial meeting with our high net worth divorce solicitors in Bath and Bristol, whether that be in person or electronically, please give us a call or use our simple online enquiry form to request a call back.