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Complex Divorce

When you have complex financial issues to be resolved due to a separation or divorce, you need to have confidence in your adviser as high value divorce (or civil partnership dissolution) cases can require complex negotiations.

At Banner Jones we can provide additional support through Banner Jones Wealth Management.   By receiving financial advice during the divorce process we can guide you and help you plan for a future of financial stability.  The finanicla adviser can even be involved in a three way meeting with your solicitor should you wish.

We know that this is a time of extreme distress and instability and it is essential that you have a team of highly qualified divorce lawyers who have the experience and understanding to help you through this extremely difficult area of law.

The Family Law team at Banner Jones have been 'Recommended' by the UK Legal 500 for 6 consecutive years, ranking them against some of the best in the country.  Let us help you.


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Banner Jones Have Experience In The Following Complex Financial Matters:

  • Pensions
  • Business Interests
  • Family Businesses
  • Investments and Tax
  • Inherited Wealth
  • Property Portfolios

Banner Jones Provide Expert Advice On Complex Divorce Issues

With over 150 years of matrimonial experience within our department, we have Solicitors dealing with cases including lottery winners to land owners, business leaders to professional footballers. At Banner Jones we pride ourselves on offering expert marital advice and helping guide and support our clients through their complex divorce issues.

We have a wide range of skills (as well as experience) and can offer flexible solutions to suit your needs. We use various methods including the non-Court based processes such as Collaborative Law and Mediation, as well as the more traditional route of helping you through the Court process.

Contact Banner Jones For Advice

We have offices in Chesterfield, Sheffield, Dronfield, Mansfield and Nottingham.

If you are struggling with complex financial issues, or if you require some expert marital advice, call 0330 017 6302* or email

*calls cost no more than a local 01 number and are included in your mobile minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

He's got to keep a roof over our heads hasn't he?

Non-residential parents have to pay maintenance for their children; hopefully the amount can be agreed though negotiation and if not then the CSA will decide. Each case is different.   If for example the Mum and the children stay in the family home then she may relinquish her claims over any other assets such as pension and savings in return.

How soon can I file for Divorce?

There is a 12 month barring rule which means you can start the divorce process after being married for 1 year. In England you can get divorced if your marriage has broken down irretrivably, usually proved by allegations of adultery or unreasonable behaviour, or if there has been 2 years' of continously living apart.

My aunt only has one bank account. Can I deal with this on her behalf?

If the bank allows, it is possible for your aunt to name you as a third party on her bank account. This will allow you to withdraw funds and sign cheques on her behalf. We can help your aunt complete the mandate form required to put this in place.

What am I entitled to in a divorce? Can she take me for every penny?

No.  Sometimes it may feel as though this has happened. The aim when sharing out matrimonial assets is to be fair.  Both spouses have to make full disclosure about their assets and debts before any decisions can be made about distribution, trying to hide anything won't work.  Factors which are important when sharing out the assets include the current and future needs of each spouse and any dependent children; the length of marriage and the age, earning capacity and contributions of each party.

Will I lose touch with my children?

Your aim should be that both parents still play an active part in the raising of the child/children.  Usually parents sort this out amongst themselves, although if there are problems mediation can be a good way to resolve this.  Going to Court should always be the last resort where children are involved.

Will we have to go to Court during our divorce?

No, getting a divorce should be an administrative excersise only and there are many options open to you that avoid going to Court.

What is taken into consideration when dividing marital assets?

In the absence of a negotiated agreement between the parties on marital assets the Court will apply its own discretion. Below are some of the main things which may be taken into consideration.

  1. The length of the marriage/civil partnership has an impact on the Court's decision, the longer the marriage the more tendency towards equality.
  2. The relative contributions to wealth created during the marriage/civil partnership.  This does not mean that 'stay at home' spouses will necessarily receive a smaller settlement. If they can demonstrate that they provided the environment and support which enables the 'go getter' to amass wealth, then there is every chance of them being awarded a significant proportion of the assets.   If they can prove for example that their own career has been put on hold to look after children this would be part of the consideration.
  3. Wealth brought into the marriage/civil partnership by each party. Usually, the 'non-marital' assets are divided in the proportion in which each spouse introduced them.  Family inheritance is very complex area when it comes to division as the particular context in which the inheritance was given is taken into consideration.
  4. Pension rights.  It is important to remember that pension rights form part of the marital assets and these can be divided.
  5. Standard of living.  Finances permitting, the standard of living for any children and the parties during the marriage/civil partnership should be preserved at the levels previously enjoyed.
  6. Be aware that the previous behaviour of the parties is not usually a consideration at this stage of the process.
  7. Properly negotiated Pre-Nuptial agreements (if in place), can increasingly influence outcomes.

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Thankyou Helena Downing for all your excellent service.

Mr & Mrs W, Alfreton

The family department at Banner Jones have just completed the legal arrangements in respect of my divorce. The service I received was exemplary and I wanted to write to you to let you know this. I have been pretty constrained in relation to availability to meet and most of our business has been done over email which I appreciated. Responses have been very timely, updates provided regularly, deadlines hit and fees reasonable. I contrast this with the service provided by a large law firm in Sheffield in the early part of the year and your approach and that of your staff to customer services, in my view, sets your firm apart. Your firm came to me through personal recommendation by a friend and I shall be happy to do the same. Thank you again.

Mr C, Sheffield

Thanks for your assistance with my case, your advice has been invaluable, and I would certainly recommend Banner Jones to my family and friends.

Mr P Sheffield

We would like to thank our solicitor acting for us Richard, he did a great job and was very easy to speak to and very friendly. Extremely professional and we would use him again in the future.

Mr & Mrs S, Sheffield

Exceptional service at a very reasonable cost.

Mr G, Forest Town

Banner Jones are excellent, the Family team had some strategy to their advice rather than just giving bog standard legal advice.

Mr T, Whittington Moor

I used Kelly Walters for my divorce, and both her and her secretary, Dawn, were professional, efficient and friendly. I have used other solicitors before, but Banner Jones are by far the best.

Ms S, Sheffield

Banner Jones Solicitors provided an excellent service in what was a slow and difficult divorce matter. The advice and persistence was very reassuring and eventually led to a good outcome.

Miss M, Chesterfield

We’re really grateful for the work you did for us. 10 out of 10!

Mr & Mrs S, Bridlington

Very easy to make appointments, very personal service from all people at Banner Jones, my solicitor was very friendly and put me at ease. If I needed a solicitor again, Banner Jones would be the first on my list.

Mr C, Dronfield

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