Solicitors Based In Chester Offering Legal Services throughout England and Wales
Solicitors Based In Chester Offering Legal Services throughout England and Wales

Financial Proceedings Ancillary to Divorce

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At PDA Law, we understand that divorce can be a stressful process, particularly when it comes to any finances involved. It is commonplace for disagreements between the two parties regarding financial matters leading to a breakdown of communication, which is why our family law team are here to provide you with legal advice and support.

Throughout the financial proceedings ancillary to divorce (or ancillary relief proceedings) our work primarily involves the valuation and distribution of all matrimonial assets such as property, investments, future earnings, trusts or savings.

We always strive to achieve a just outcome for you as quickly as possible, with a minimum of complications and distress. Get in touch with a member of our family law team by calling 01244 757306, or complete our online contact form and we will be in touch.

Our Services

The central objective of ancillary relief proceedings is the valuation and division of all assets. We can provide you with expert advice on strategies for reaching the best possible outcome of these proceedings, even in cases where both parties are initially in disagreement.

Although some of these procedures can become quite complex, we will guide you through the process every step of the way. Some of the stages we arrange and oversee in these proceedings may include:

  • Correspondence – Written on your behalf to identify any issues and their resolutions, as well as clarifying any claims going forward. This may include financial orders for maintenance, adjustment of property ownership, lump sums or Pension Sharing Orders.
  • Valuations of all matrimonial assets – Expert valuations are often necessary when you are unsure of the exact value of an asset, or in disagreement with another party over the valuation of a specific asset.
  • Application for any financial orders – A form for applying to the court for any of the financial orders mentioned above.
  • Disclosure Form E – This is a summary of your finances, as well as a section detailing future capital and income needs, any relevant matters to be taken into account and also if anything has been agreed between parties.
  • First appointment – This is the first of the court hearings you will attend during in a divorce. During the first appointment, the Court reviews the information between the parties and considers any relevant issues. The Judge will then arrange for a further court meeting known as a Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR).
  • Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR) –  This is the second court hearing, during which you and the other party attempt to reach a mutually acceptable agreement in order to settle the case. If a settlement cannot be reached, the District Judge has may adjourn the FDR for another session, or give further directions for the case to be dealt with at a Final Hearing
  • Final hearing – A final hearing is scheduled if no settlement could be reached during the FDR. A judge hears submissions from both sides, often including oral evidence from both parties or expert witnesses. At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge will make a final order which will be binding on both spouses.

Why PDA Law?

Headed by highly respected solicitor Simon Higgs, our divorce team will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you. With PDA Law, you can be sure you are receiving the best possible help and expert advice from our dedicated team.

We strive to make cases as stress-free as possible by keeping our clients well-informed and minimising any unnecessary problems that may arise during ancillary relief proceedings. Most importantly, we are dedicated to ensuring we get the best results for you, no matter what the situation.

Where possible, we offer cases on a no win, no fee basis. To find out if you are eligible, contact PDA Law today.

Contact our Family Law Team

To speak to a member of our helpful family law team, simply call 01244 757306, or complete our online contact form and we will be in touch at a time convenient for you.


Our Team of Lawyers in Chester

Paul D’Ambrogio

Paul D’Ambrogio

Director and Commercial Property & Conveyancing Specialist
Jana Dubcova

Jana Dubcova

PI Litigation

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