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Divorce lawyers for footballers & sportspeople

Getting divorced, or going through child maintenance proceedings, can impact your finances and your reputation.

The English courts view marriage as a partnership and are likely to share the assets built up during the marriage. You will want to make clear to the court the accurate value of your assets as well as consider how the court might structure a settlement.

As a high earning professional, you will need to protect your assets and your income from your spouse’s claims. Given the early retirement date most sportspeople face, you will need to find a solution which protects your long term financial interests. You will also want to protect the income you receive off the field, including sponsorship and media earnings.

You will also want to protect your image, whether that means getting your story out there or keeping things private. Though many aspects of divorce will be heard behind closed doors, some details can be shared with the press. You will want to ensure that your reputation and marketability is left intact.

The English courts view marriage as a partnership and are likely to share the assets built up during the marriage. You will want to make clear to the court the accurate value of your assets as well as consider how the court might structure a settlement.

Vardags for footballers and other sports people

As top divorce lawyers, Vardags have acted in numerous cases involving famous and wealthy sportspeople. We have worked with footballers, polo-players and other athletes, as well as managers and coaches.

We understand the specific challenges which exist for highly paid sports stars, including the trajectory of their earnings and the uncertainties of their retirements. We have worked on cases involving valuations of image rights and sponsorship contracts, as well those with long term contract incentives. We understand how to get the most accurate, most  helpful valuations and to put your case across in the best possible light.

With our in-house media team, we also know how to protect and preserve your reputation. If you wish to work with the press, we can use our established networks to help you manage publicity. Where necessary our experience in media and privacy work means that we can help you obtain injunctions and take all steps to preserve your reputation. As pioneers of family arbitration we can also advise you on private ways to manage and resolve your case.

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Simon McKirgan has over 15 years experience in family law and has represented numerous high-earning sports men and women.  He has advised sports stars in relation to divorce and children proceedings, helping numerous famous names preserve their wealth and their reputation.

Vardags team for sportspeople

Other lawyers with experience of representing high profile sports stars include Sophie Cantillon and Sarah Hogarth, both of whom have worked on cases involving highly paid household names.