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Clare, Family Solicitor
Category: Family Law
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Experience:  I have been a solicitor in High Street Practise since 1985 and have specialised in Family Law for the last 10 years
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My son is going through a divorce, in which he is

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My son is going through a nasty divorce, in which he is representing himself, with the decree absolute set for April 5th 2016. The various hearings in the Family Court for the division of the assets, spousal and child maintenance etc are protracted and set to go on well after the decree absolute date. I wish to make a formal gift of physical assets and cash to my son to help him financially with his new life, but I do not want his ex wife to be able to benefit from this in any way. I am aware that I must not make the gifts before the decree absolute date, but will it be safe for me to make the gift any time after that date? If not, when is the best date to make the gifts?ThanksJohn Rutter
HiThank you for your questionMy name is ***** ***** do my best to help you but I need some further information first.How far have the financial negotiations reached?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Forms E have been exchanged, queried and challenged. Answers to the questions based on Forms E are currently being made. The first Family Court hearing is set for 4.4.16, but I do not expect matters to be finalised then as my son's wife is financially illiterate and is having difficulties is ascertaining what her assets are.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Should I perhaps make the gifts after the Court has made its decisions?
It would be safest to wait until the final order is made before making and gifts of money or property.Assets received after Decree Absolute are not likely to be divided and shared - BUT they will have an impact on the settlement and COULD be at risk.Please ask if you need further detailsClare
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