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We understand that farming, for many, is not just a job but a livelihood. Farms are highly significant assets: they tend to form both a home and a business and are often designed to be passed down the generations. Ownership is therefore likely to bring its own complexities, and may well be shared via a company, partnership or trust.  The farming business may also be the sole source of income for a couple. One of the most famous farming divorces to reach the family courts, White v White, exemplified these complexities. Assisting on cases involving a farming business therefore necessitates expert strategic solutions, tailored directly to the case at hand.  

At Vardags, our top family solicitors are specialists in representing clients on both sides of a farming divorce, whether you are a farm owner yourself, or the spouse of one. In most cases, preservation of the farming business/assets is an important aim. This can present difficulties for the non-farming spouses entitlement. In instances such as these, our family solicitors at experts in seeking alternative methods of raising capital to provide for a fair settlement.   

Our team for farmers

Form our offices in London, Cambridge and Manchester, we have extensive coverage of England and Wales, serving clients in all of the major farming counties in the UK, including Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Devon, Norfolk, Shropshire, Kent, Somerset, Hampshire, Worcestershire, and beyond. 

Top Divorce Solicitors for Farmers and Farm Owners

Divorce among farm-owning households can be subject to additional complexities arising from the nature of the assets within the marital pot. The typically illiquid assets held by farm-owning families means that assets are not easily releasable nor dividable. Large bodies of land would often lose significant value if they were to be literally divided in two upon settlement. Therefore, often the most sensible solution is to either sell the farm and divide the returns, or for one party to pay the other out based on an agreed valuation.

However, parties may not wish to relinquish their stakes in the farm, nor to see the land sold, for a number of reasons. Perhaps the farm is a generational asset handed down - the emotional significance of the land would be difficult to part with.

The land may also struggle to sell for its true value necessitating both parties to wait out in a limbo until a sensible offer is reached with prospective buyers.

Farming subsidies can also result in additional complications during the process of divorce. Subsidies can provide a significant source of income for farm-owning households and therefore heavily impact the valuation of the assets. Subsidies could also be a strong incentive for both parties to retain their stake within the farm, so as to continue receiving these periodic payments.

It is always possible to overcome these complications, however. One potential solution is to create a limited liability company to manage the farm which allows both parties to retain their stakes without having to sell or relinquish their share within the asset. The shares within the LLC would be deemed personal property and therefore not subject to division during the divorce.

Above all else, the most important step during a divorce is to ensure you have top-tier legal representation throughout the convoluted process. This is imperative for you and your familys financial security, to ensure generational assets remain within your possession, and to achieve any other essential outcomes you require from your specific case and unique circumstances.


Ayesha Vardag Founder & President Divorce & Family

Ayesha Vardag

Founder & President
“Britain's top divorce lawyer” Ayesha Vardag rose to fame for winning the landmark Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino in 2010, changing the law to...
David Lister

David Lister

Senior Partner - Divorce & Family
David is a Senior Partner at Vardags. With over 35 years of experience at the forefront of the profession, David’s practice comprises a wide ambit of family law...
Emma Gill Regional Vardags Managing Partner Manchester Divorce & Family

Emma Gill

Regional Managing Partner - Head of Manchester
“Quite simply the best matrimonial lawyer in the North” (Legal 500), Regional Managing Partner Emma Gill is one of the few family lawyers outside London to...
Simon McKirgan Senior Partner Divorce Lawyer Vardags

Simon McKirgan

Senior Partner - Divorce & Family
A top international divorce Solicitor, and one of the best in the country A senior partner at Vardags and a top international divorce lawyer, the “immensely...
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