October 27th, 2017
When your Marriage breaks down it can feel like everything else is breaking down as well. Suddenly all those things that you took for granted look vulnerable. Where will I be financially? Can I afford to keep the house, pay the mortgage or rent and the bills? What about the children, when will they see their other parent, will they go away from me, will they meet his or her new partner.
A feeling of total loss of control, can be very frightening. Sometimes taking back a small bit of control can be reassuring.
When we are introduced to a new client, we initially talk through what has happened, where they are and what their major concerns are. Often worries surround the unknown, and particularly so in relation to finances and children matters. So a bit of organisation can assist: go on a fact find. Gather as much information as to your individual legal situation as you can. Find out what the law says about your situation and how it would be applied. Make a list of questions that are important to you and make sure you ask them.
Gather information around your financial circumstances, and try to have a list of what your financial assets and liabilities are. Ask your pension provider to send you a cash equivalent transfer value for your pension/s. Try and work out a budget, we have a standard budget document which you can tailor to your own circumstances, follow this link for a copy LINK If you like spread sheets then use them, if not jot it all down on a piece of paper or in a word document. Ultimately whatever preparation you are able to make will assist in enabling your solicitor to quickly determine what is required and where we go next.
Things inevitably will not resolve in hours or days, but taking some control back and seeking proper and appropriate advice may enable you to see a way forward at least for the interim until you work out a final resolution.
Jo qualified as a solicitor in 1992 having completed her training at leading Cambridge firms Taylor Vinters and Thompson and Co. After qualification, Jo moved to J Garrard and Allen in Olney where she established the family department. In 1994 Jo was made a Partner at J Garrard and Allen and continued to build and develop the practice. Jo trained as a mediator with Resolution in 1996.
In 2001 Jo decided to set up independently and created a purely family law practice in Stony Stratford recognising that in fact the skills required by family lawyers and the expectations of clients experiencing relationship breakdown and separation were different from those required in other areas of the law.
Hawkins Family Law fields 'a very professional team that delivers a high-class service and has strength-in-depth from senior to junior level'. Managing director and team head Jo Hawkins provides 'clear and accurate advice and moral support through often testing times for her clients; she focuses on deriving the best long-term outcome for her client and other parties'. The practice has particular strength financial matters, including divorce and ToLATA proceedings. Other key figures include Loraine Davenport, who has strong collaborative law expertise and handles complex children cases and high-net-worth ancillary relief matters; Annabel Hayward, who focuses on complex financial provision and co-habitation matters; and Stacey St Clair.
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What the team is known for
Boutique family law firm that punches above its weight in terms of high-value and complex matrimonial finance instructions relating to business assets, pensions and substantial property portfolios, including assisting with the handling of assets abroad. Also represents clients in the negotiation of wealth protection agreements and private law childcare arrangements. Fields a team trained in collaborative law and alternative dispute resolution.
An impressed client says: "The team's personal service and individual care is a great asset,"adding that the lawyers are "always available to assist and understand the occasional need for immediate advice and guidance, providing a very reassuring service."
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