My former partner is making a claim against me

A claim by your ex can be complex and expensive. Whether they are seeking provision for themselves, or for your child, you will want the very best legal representation you can get.

As top family lawyers, Vardags have significant experience in defending financial claims by former cohabitees. We will advise you when you should, and when you shouldn’t, need to make provision and help you negotiate the best deal. Where court proceedings cannot be avoided, we will fight hard to get you the best possible settlement.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

How can Vardags help?

My former partner is claiming to be entitled to a share of the property.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as common law marriage and a former cohabitee has no automatic rights to a share in your property. Sometimes, however, a successful claim can arise under trust and property law.

Normally a claim will be brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustee’s act  (ToLATA). This allows a court to look at how a property was bought and dealt with during the course of your relationship. In certain circumstances it can hold or infer that your ex has an interest in the property.

As experienced family lawyers, Vardags will help you defend your assets. We will work to fight your ex’s claim in a cost effective way. We will analyse the course or your relationship and assess what, if any, claim they might have and help you bring the case to a speedy resolution.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

My former partner wants a financial contribution on behalf of our children.

Schedule 1 of the Children’s Act allows for a parent to seek financial support for their children from the “non-resident” parent. This includes regular payments of child maintenance but can also extend to providing a house for the child and paying other expenses such as school fees.

For high net worth clients, Schedule 1 claims can be lengthy and costly. We will help you minimise the amount you have to pay. In particular, we will ensure that the award is wholly focused on what your child needs – and not an attempt by your ex to get you to subsidise their lifestyle. We understand that you want to contribute to your child, but not to simply be an open chequebook for your former partner.

Vardags specialise in family law, and are perfectly placed to advise you. We understand how a Schedule 1 claim can affect a high earner and can help you find a pragmatic outcome which works for you and your child.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

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I can no longer afford to pay the costs of bringing up our children.

Whether it is due to a downturn in your business, ill-health or retirement, you might find that the maintenance payments are taking a disproportionate amount of your income. If that is the case, you can ask the court for a downward variation of the child maintenance which you pay.

The court will assess what you can pay and what your ex-partner needs, using that to decide what you should be paying. The court uses expedited proceedings for this, so it is likely to be far less lengthy and costly than other matrimonial proceedings. It may even be possible to agree without going to court.

If you have suffered a dramatic fall in income, it is vital that you seek a new order rather than unilaterally stopping payment. Even where you are unable to pay, the court can look unfavourably on you if you just stop the maintenance. It is far better to contact experienced lawyers like Vardags to help you review your obligations.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I’m living with my partner and want to be sure that I’m protected if it all goes wrong.

Due to the uncertainty which surrounds the status of cohabitees – and the potential for future changes in the law – you may wish to sign a cohabitation agreement.

This is a legally binding document which sets out your respective rights and obligations should your relationship fall apart. This will save you from uncertainty and potentially expensive legal wrangling in the future.

Vardags can help you decide how to create a cohabitation agreement which is both fair and binding. We will help you protect your wealth from any future claim.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7404 9390 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

You may be eligible for a litigation loan

If your spouse controls the family finances, you may be worried about how to find the money for your legal fees during a divorce. But this need not prevent you from accessing the best legal advice to fight for what you deserve. 

Whether you and your spouse built-up your fortune during your marriage, you married someone who already had money or you have had a child with someone with money, it is likely that you are entitled to very significant assets or income. But accessing this wealth now that you are separated may be difficult, restricting your ability to afford the very best legal representation for you and your family during your divorce.

What options are available to fund my case?

If your spouse is not prepared to pay your divorce fees, you may be eligible for a litigation loan. This specific type of lending allows you to secure any assets that you or your partner have, such as your former matrimonial home, against a loan that will cover your legal fees. This loan is then paid back at the end of the case.

A litigation loan is rigorous and transparent, and will grant you access to a top divorce lawyer who will ensure that you get your fair share. Vardags is experienced in securing litigation funding for its high net worth clients and has strong relationships with a select pool of the very best funders around. We also know when best to apply, and exercise careful judgement in determining when to pursue claims.

Vardags are ready to help

Vardags can advise in detail on the options available at your first consultation. We offer a free initial consultation, without obligation, to clients who have family assets greater than £1 million or income of greater than £150,000 per annum. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 to arrange your consultation — it’s never too early or too late to take expert legal advice. 

 
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