Financial Needs

Guidance on Sorting Out Finances on Divorce: The Family Justice Council Financial Needs Working Group has reviewed and updated it’s guide on Sorting Out Finances on Divorce, last published in 2016. As you can imagine, this has been a significant undertaking for the group and we are very grateful for all the work that has been put in to update the guidance, with particular thanks to HH Philip Waller CBE.

The Family Justice Council is pleased to endorse Advicenow’s Survival guide to pensions on divorce. This guide is specifically designed to help people going through divorce or dissolution. It makes a potentially daunting topic understandable and manageable, by explaining why and how pensions should be included in financial settlements and providing a wealth of accessible guidance on the practical aspects of doing so. The guide will be invaluable for people tackling divorce or dissolution without a lawyer, as well as for all those seeking a better grasp of this often neglected or avoided issue.

Watch the short film below to see why you need to include your pensions when you divide money and property as part of a divorce, and what steps you should take:

The survival guide is the accessible version of the definitive Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce produced in 2019 by the Pensions Advisory Group, an interdisciplinary working group supported by the Family Justice Council and the President of the Family Division.

A Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce (PDF)
The FJC is pleased to announce the publication of a guide to the treatment of pensions on divorce. Produced by the multidisciplinary Pensions Advisory Group, with the support of the Council, the report provides a clear good practice guide for family judges, lawyers and pension experts.  It hopes to improve communication amongst the professionals and help address the shortfall in understanding about how they should deal with the valuation, sharing or offsetting of pension fund assets in divorce settlements.  Further information can be found on the Nuffield Foundation website.

Guidance on “Financial Needs” on Divorce – June 2016 (PDF): This guide has been produced by the Family Justice Council and is addressed primarily to courts and legal advisers. It is intended as a useful tool in relation to the making of orders to meet financial needs following divorce and the dissolution of civil partnerships.

Guidance on Financial Needs on Divorce: Edition 2 – April 2018 (PDF): The FJC has published the second edition of this useful guide for the family judiciary, courts and legal advisers

Financial Dispute Resolution Appointments (PDF)

Applying for a financial order without the help of a lawyer (PDF)