Divorce is never an easy process, but the distribution of finances and assets is a very important part of the divorce process that must be dealt with. Ancillary relief is also known as a “financial settlement,” and although not a part of the divorce process, it can run concurrently with it. Our previous article outlines exactly what ancillary relief is, but how can you apply for it? Our solicitors in London are here to help.
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors in Streatham, we have years of experience in handling various family law cases, providing expert legal advice and implementing effective dispute resolution. If you are going through a divorce and need some advice on how to proceed with ancillary relief, our civil litigation solicitors are here to help.
What is Ancillary Relief?
When the divorce petition is submitted by the petitioner to the respondent, divorce proceedings will begin. Alongside proceedings, the finances will also need to be dealt with to decide which party gets what in the divorce. The parties may agree on a settlement between themselves, or with the help of a mediator. This is always the desired outcome, but many divorces are not amicable, and a decision agreed upon by both parties cannot be reached.
In this instance, the court will be asked to decide how the finances are split following the divorce. This used to be known as an “ancillary relief order.”
During financial remedies in England and Wales, either party can apply for ancillary relief. The financial arrangements will be settled in the form of a court order, so they are legally binding. If you would like to find the very best legal representation to secure the very best result for you, our solicitors in London are here to help. You can read more about our practice areas here.
How to Apply for Ancillary Relief and Time Limits
If you cannot settle your financial arrangements between you, either party can apply for a ‘Form A’ and send it to the court; your solicitor can file your Form A for you. The form details the type of financial relief you are seeking, and it must include whether any pensions arrangements will need to be included. Applying for a financial order costs £255, and the whole process can take months. The court will consider a range of factors, such as the parties’ assets, ages, and earnings.
There is no time limit for applying for ancillary relief, but the whole process can take months. Divorce can be a tricky process and will inevitably be emotionally draining. If you are considering applying for ancillary relief, seeking out the best legal advice could be your best option to secure the results you need.
How We Can Help
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors in Streatham, we have years of experience in dealing with civil litigation in London. If you are getting a divorce and matters become contentious, we can support you every step of the way. If you wish to apply for ancillary relief, we can send in a ‘Form A’ on your behalf, providing a personal service you can trust.
To find out more, or to receive a free consultation to discuss your options, please give us a call on 0208 769 6739. Alternatively, you can fill out our online enquiry form here.