There is no such thing as a ‘common law wife’, so in the event you have not entered into a marriage or civil partnership, please visit our ‘Financial Issues – Unmarried‘ section.

When parties marry they acquire certain financial claims merely by virtue of their marriage. These claims need to be dealt with when the marriage breaks down otherwise they remain ‘live’ until they are dismissed. A divorce will not do this.

Financial claims typically consist of claims against property, savings, investments, pensions and income irrespective of whether the asset is held in your joint name or sole name.

The only way to conclusively dismiss your financial claims is by way of an Order of the court. This can be obtained either by consent with your spouse or through Financial Remedy Proceedings. If you do not want to dismiss your financial claims straight away, you can enter into a relationship agreement such as a pre-nuptial agreement, a post-nuptial agreement or a separation agreement. For more information on relationship agreements, click here.

Some cases may have issues with disclosure, inherited assets, business and/or complex trusts. In those situations, an emergency application such as a freezing order may be appropriate.

For more information regarding financial issues on divorce, or to book an initial meeting with one of our Solicitors, please contact our Family Law Team on 020 3096 7500 or email

Our Family Law Team has a wealth of experience in financial proceedings and can advise you in relation to your rights and assist with negotiations and/or mediation/collaborative law. Our Family Law Team can also represent you if an application has to be made to the court for Financial Remedy Proceedings.

Fixed fees

We offer a variety of fixed fee packages starting from £200 + VAT. We also provide a document checking service for any document in financial proceedings. For more information regarding our fixed fee packages for finances please speak to one of our family solicitors on 020 3096 7500.

Examples of our services include:

  • Reviewing your Form E and disclosure
  • Completing your Form E
  • Drafting a Separation Agreement
  • Drafting a Financial Order (Clean Break Consent Order)
  • Drafting a Pre-Nuptial Agreement or Post-Nuptial Agreement
  • “I want to thank you so much Sarah for being so calm, professional, compassionate and expeditious. It really helped me a lot through this tough time and it allowed the pre-nup to be much better drafted than if it had just been drafted by the other side!”

    – Mrs L.M, London

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  • “It was a stressful situation for me and you made it much easier with how you put me at ease from our first meeting, handled everything along the way and kept me updated (and answered all my many, many questions!!) all the way through. Thanks very much!!!”

    Mrs N.G, Essex

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  • Sarah has been very understanding and more importantly very honest throughout this very difficult period. She has been reliable and has always updated me regularly with my options and what the likely consequences will be. I would recommend her services to anyone who wants a honest, clear and no nonsense service.

    Ms R.S, London

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  • “Divorce is an unavoidably stressful situation but from the moment PCM took over my case until it was concluded I always felt it was in safe hands and this made it much easier to deal with.”

    – Mr J.H. Yorkshire

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  • Caroline, a huge thank you to you and your colleagues for the smooth and sensitive way in which you have handled a very difficult situation. I have always found you friendly, polite, professional yet supportive, knowledgeable and your no-nonsense approach has really been appreciated. I have no hesitation in both using and recommending PCM due in no small part to how good both you (and Paul in the past) have handled my issues. My sincere thanks to you and your team”.

    – Ms T.L, Wimbledon

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  • “Caroline has been an extremely amicable solicitor to deal with during a time of immense stress. Suffice to say I have already returned to her for help with other matters.”

    – Mr P.A, London (SE1)

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