It is a sad fact that a number of marriages end in separation, divorce or dissolution. In some cases both parties want to work towards a settlement that is fair to both sides with the minimum of hostility and unpleasantness. In other cases there is mistrust and or bitterness that can make the whole process very difficult.

With recent legal developments, women in particular may have urgent need for the services of a forensic accountant. Previously, the financial settlement provided for her may have been a very small percentage since it was based only on her needs whereas the ground-breaking case of White V White has changed the situation considerably.

There may be issues with a spouse attempting to hide assets and a forensic accountant will aim to expose any such efforts. Hazlems Fenton can help navigate through this highly specialised area providing you with the knowledge that full and fair financial disclosure has been achieved at a time when stress levels are often running high. We can provide honest, straightforward useful evidence.

The following areas should be considered when dealing with separation and divorce, ancillary relief, tax implications of separation and divorce, the family home, trusts, will and inheritance tax planning (all previous wills become void following decree absolute), pensions, funding and investing any settlement.

Hazlems Fenton are sensitive to the need for clear professional advice to ensure you are able to plan for a secure financial future for you and your family as you move forward.

Experts at Hazlems Fenton are able to explain clearly the financial issues to aid the cost effective settlement of disputes arising from financial settlements in matrimonial proceedings including:

  • An initial assessment of the value of shares in private companies
  • Evaluating the availability of the parties to raise funds on the strength of their ownership of shares and other assets
  • Unearthing hidden assets
  • Advising on tax implications on the division or disposal of assets
  • Reviewing pension assets.
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