Divorce, Relationships and Finances

  • Contact us to discuss any divorce, relationship and finance matters affecting your family.

  • Cohabitation agreements and disputes

    It is important to understand that cohabitees, no matter how long they have been living together, are not afforded the same rights upon the breakdown of a relationship as those who are married. The law does not recognise “common law spouses”. As the law stands, cohabiting couples who want legal protection but don’t want to marry or enter into a civil partnership need to draw up a cohabitation agreement.

    The key to ensure your financial affairs are fully protected is to ensure a cohabitation agreement is correctly drafted in order to give full legal effect. Our team of experienced family solicitors can advise you on the merits of a cohabitation agreement.

    Dissolution of civil partnerships

    If you are in a civil partnership and the relationship breaks down, you can consider applying to court for the partnership to be dissolved. You will have to wait at least one year from the date of entering the civil partnership to do this and the Court must be satisfied that one of the following four facts are proved:

    • Unreasonable behaviour
    • 2 years separation (with consent of the other party)
    • Desertion for 2 years
    • 5 years separation

    You will receive the same financial remedy as a spouse who obtains a divorce. Financial provision can also be applied for in respect of any child or children of the family. Our team understand that a relationship breakdown can be a stressful and difficult process. We take time to understand the issues our clients face with sensitivity and use our extensive expertise to achieve positive outcomes.

    Divorce

    There is only one ground for divorce, the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The court must be satisfied this is the case and it must be evidenced by proving one of the five following facts:

    • Adultery
    • Unreasonable behaviour
    • 2 years separation (with consent of the other party)
    • Desertion for 2 years
    • 5 years separation

    Our team understand that a relationship breakdown can be a stressful and difficult process. We take time to understand the issues our clients face with sensitivity and use our extensive expertise to achieve positive outcomes.

    Domestic abuse

    If you are suffering from violence, threats or intimidation, you need protection through an injunction.

    There are two types of injunction:

    A Non-Molestation order prohibits those who are abusive from using or threatening violence or intimidating, harassing or pestering you.

    An Occupation Order sets out who can live in the family home (or certain parts of it) and can also restrict someone from entering the surrounding area.

    Our team of compassionate family experts can give you the advice and assistance you need if you are experiencing abuse. No one should be allowed to intimidate you.

    Financial arrangements following separation

    Our family team can provide specialist reliable expertise in highly complex financial circumstances.

    We understand that dealing with the financial aspects upon separation or divorce can be highly emotive and complicated. We take the time to understand your specific circumstances and are passionate about finding bespoke solutions tailored to individual requirements. Our team is highly experienced and delivers expertise on par with leading city family law firms, but our pricing structure reflects a more accessible approach.

    Pre and Post-nuptial agreements

    Although neither pre-nuptial agreements nor post-nuptial agreements are strictly legally binding at present, if properly prepared with reasonable terms, they are likely to be considered seriously by the Court and upheld.

    We understand that discussions about such agreements can be a sensitive issue. We have the experience and expertise to give you the best possible legal advice on how to approach matters.

    We have seen a rise in the number of clients entering into pre-nuptial agreements (prior to marriage) and post-nuptial agreements (during marriage) to protect their assets and provide a greater degree of security in the event of relationship breakdown.

  • Our Specialists

    Our legal teams have a genuine passion for what they do. Their specialist knowledge is an absolute given (you should accept nothing less) and they pride themselves in working alongside clients to help them achieve the results they seek in their professional and personal lives.

    If you have any questions get in touch

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    Sharon is a Family Solicitor with over 29 years’ experience, being admitted in 1988. She is a trained mediator, and a member of Resolution. She has extensive experience in dealing with the financial aspects of separation and divorce, dealing with disputes between parents in private law children cases (for residence and contact) and dealing with financial issues upon the separation of cohabiting couples.

    Sharon is an elected member of the Committee for Kent Resolution First for Family law and was the Secretary for Maidstone Domestic Violence Forum for a number of years. She is well known for the depth of knowledge and skill she brings to dealing with domestic abuse cases.

    She is the Vice Chair and the Trustee of Maidstone Citizens Advice Bureau.

     

  • Expertise

    • Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following separation of unmarried and married couples and co-habitation agreements
    • Arrangements for children’s care following relationship breakdown.
    • Advising in relation to domestic abuse

    What clients say

    “I would like to thank you very much for the very professional and efficient way you have dealt with my case and would not hesitate to recommend you and Berry & Lamberts to friends and family.”

    Other

    Sharon is a keen runner in her spare time, having run numerous marathons with a personal best of 2 hours 58 minutes. In 2010 Sharon represented Great Britain on the track at 10,000 metres in the European Masters Track Championships, winning a bronze medal. She also represented the England Masters Cross Country Team in 2010.

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    Yashin has been a member of the firm’s Family team for over 20 years. He is highly experienced and has an excellent reputation for dealing with all aspects of family law, with a particular expertise in resolving complex financial issues following relationship breakdown. Yashin is committed to finding resolutions through negotiations wherever possible.

    Yashin qualified as a solicitor in 1995, having trained at Berry & Berry.  Yashin is a member of Resolution and a Mediator.

  • Expertise

    • Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following Divorce
    • Financial Remedies following separation of unmarried couples
    • Pre-Nuptial  and cohabitation agreements
    • Arrangements for children’s care following relationship breakdown
    • Advising in relation to domestic abuse

    What clients say

    “Thank you for your help, diligence, professionalism and your management of my distress and emotions. You were kind enough to work with me and gain my trust. This was an extremely difficult thing to do after all i had been through. I thank you for that and I thank you for restoring my balance when I wobbled, which I did more than once.” “You have been such a support to me during this time.” “I will certainly recommend you to anyone who needs a sympathetic but thorough solicitor.” “I would at this stage like express my enormous thank you for all your help, advice, patience, good humour and excellent service that you have given me.” “I very much appreciate all your assistance in advising me along the long and difficult road which we have travelled together. It was a pleasure to have worked with you.” "Fantastic service, sound advice. First class service at all times. Thank you" "Professional, calm and clear advice given."  

    Other

    Yashin lives locally and enjoys cycling, playing football and watching Tonbridge Angels Football Club.

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    Kevin has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives since 1985. He has wide experience in all aspects of private family law matters, with particular emphasis on financial disputes arising on the breakdown of marriage or cohabitation. In addition to offering practical advice to clients, he has been a regular contributor of family law articles to The Journal of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

  • Expertise

    • Divorce
    • Financial remedies relating to divorce
    • Financial claims where insolvency is an issue
    • Orders relating to children such as Child Arrangement Orders (formerly called contact and residence)
    • Disputes between cohabiting partners, including Trusts of Land applications
    • Pre-nuptial and pre-civil partnership agreements
    • Schedule 1 Children Act applications
    • Living together agreements

    What clients say

    He was polite, efficient, professional and supportive – a bit of a star actually.” “Please accept my sincere thanks for all the help you have given me with my divorce. Your assistance has been invaluable to me during this process.” “I really appreciate everything you have done for me. You are fantastic at your job. I just wish everybody had that much passion and commitment to their jobs. I feel that you have gone over and above and can’t thank you enough.” “Thank you for all your help over the last few years. You truly are an outstanding lawyer and a great asset to your firm.”

    Other

    Kevin is the Secretary of The Fleet Supporters’ Trust for Ebbsfleet United Football Club. His other interests include natural history and the environment. He is a member of Kent Wildlife Trust and other environmental organisations. He also enjoys listening to live and recorded music.

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    Liz is a solicitor in the Family team. She qualified as a solicitor in April 2009 and joined the team 2017.  Liz is a member of Resolution and specialises in all aspects of family law. She approaches complex and challenging matters discreetly and sensitively.

  • Expertise

    • Separation and divorce
    • The financial aspects of divorce (including pre/post-nuptial agreements and cases involving competing jurisdictions),
    • Private law cases concerning children
    • Cases involving domestic violence
    • Disputes between cohabitees

    What clients say

    Clients praise Liz for her down-to-earth approach and ability to put them at their ease. She is highly regarded for her first-rate legal knowledge and judgement and takes particular care to give every client her undivided attention. "Thanks for all your hard work and support this year. I hope you know it has meant a lot to me and I am most grateful for it."

    Other

    When Liz is not at work she enjoys skiing, reading a good thriller and socialising – but not all at once. She takes a keen interest in antiques, including rare and first edition books.

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    A Family Law Solicitor with many years’ experience Simon has particular expertise in dealing with financial disputes arising out of divorce/separation, including cases involving international elements with assets abroad. Simon has extensive knowledge of matters concerning property disputes between co-habitees and is very skilled in acting for parents in cases involving the appropriate arrangement for their children’s care.

    Simon was admitted in 1982. Simon has been a Family Law solicitor exclusively for ten years. Before that, as well as Family Law, he also handled Conveyancing work both domestic and commercial , Landlord and Tenant Work and Civil Litigation.

  • Other

    Simon likes to spend time with family, reading, walking, canal boating and supporting the rollercoaster that is West Ham United.

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    Iryna joined our Dispute Resolution team as a trainee solicitor in 2017. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice with commendation at BPP University London. She is also a fully qualified lawyer with more than 10 years of practical experience within the Ukrainian jurisdiction.

  • Other

    Iryna is always hunting for the “perfect” family photo, breath taking sceneries or exotic sea creatures (while scuba diving). She also hopes to have victory with her ongoing battle with Greenfly and Black Spot on her Roses.