There can be very little real celebration in the usually painful dissolution of a life partnership, a partnership that was expected to last ‘until death do us part’.

However the dissolution of a legal contract of marriage carries with it complications and disentanglements that are usually best handled by qualified professionals.

The legal process of divorce may also involve spousal support, child custody, child support distribution of property and division of debt.

There is advice on the Goverments website www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights

However when all else has been explored including mediation then the legal process must begin in order for the separation of lives, families and usually assets to take place.

The Law Society website will help you to find a solicitor:www.lawsociety.org.uk/choosingandusing/findasolicitor.law

Or please ask us for a referral.

The Courts may require a valuation of a business or shareholding and an indication of the funds available to help fund a settlement  Typically a Forensic Accountant is jointly instructed to act in an independant capacity to prepare a report which the advisers and the Court will use to consider the division of the assets.

We can assist in all stages of the process and have available a checklist of information to assist in valuing business interests. If If you would like to receive a copy of this please contact us at enquiries@pierce.co.uk

Our advice would always be, divorce only as a final measure, try everything that you can to avoid the pain and suffering of the ultimate legal dissolution of the contract that is your marriage. However if divorce is inevitable then seek advice and get to grips with the financial position so that a reasonable settlement can be reached with a minimum of pain for all concerned.