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Five Financial Aspects To Consider Before Divorce

If you and your partner are considering separating, it is essential to ensure that your finances are one of the top priorities within your divorce process.

Many of our clients at CP Law Associates take advice from us in advance of their separation. They are keen to know the practical steps that they can take to protect themselves and also their assets. Talking with a solicitor helps a person prepare and familiarize themselves with what to expect practically and financially.

Here are five financial aspects to consider before divorce: 

Joint Banking

When a divorce occurs either party can be 100% liable for the money owed and this is a critical financial aspect. It is important that when you have discussed divorcing with your partner that you also contact your bank or loan provider informing them of your divorce – this will protect your credit rating.

If you are concerned about your partner accessing and spending in the account without discussing it with you, you are able to freeze your account. To unfreeze the account, both of you have to agree.

Capital Gains Tax (CGT)

When considering separation it is worthwhile considering the implications on Capital Gains Tax. It is important to note that we are lawyers and not tax advisors, therefore we can’t advise on CGT but instead we can alert our clients to when there may be an issue.

When a married couple (or civil partners) are living together, any properties transferred from one to the other pass CGT free. When a couple separate, this relief from CGT is extended but only until the end of the tax year of separation. After that the relief is lost. The CGT relief for spouses is therefore only available for a short time. This is a particular issue if a couple separate near to 5 April, when it can be impractical to expect agreement to be reached in time to avoid the CGT.

The Family Home

Another critical financial aspect of divorce and a frequently asked question is ‘who will get the family home?’ There is no right or wrong, or straight forward answer, there is no such thing as a standard split of assets when it comes to the family home. It comes down to the circumstances of the divorce and not always the legal ownership or the person that has paid most of the mortgage payments.

If an agreement can be made between you and your partner then a separation agreement should be enough to reach a decision on the family home.

However, that is not always the case, if that isn’t the case for you and your partner then you are able to apply for the courts to decide for you.

The court can impose financial remedies to split the assets and can base the decision on many things including:

How Long Will It Take To Get Divorced?

On average it takes a couple around 6 months to become divorced. If there are any delays it tends to be around:

Do you own a Business? - The Fifth Financial Aspect to Consider Before Divorce

If you are in a situation where you and your partner have built a business together over the years, it is firstly important to:

  • establish what value should be attributed to the business interests
  • how the value of the asset will be shared between both parties.
  • A valuations expert may be required and will help to give an understanding on certain aspects including whether money can be withdrawn from the business.

When it comes to divorce there are of course more than 5 financial aspects to consider. If you are considering separating with your partner, or require any advice on the above issues please contact CP Law Associates on:

Guildford office 01483 230322

We offer a free initial consultation.

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