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Matters of business and divorce can be complicated and life-altering. If either, or both, of you and your spouse are involved in your own business or a family business (whether as a sole trader, partnership, or limited company), that business will form part of the matrimonial assets under consideration in any financial settlement or order.

Traditionally, the Court avoided making any Order which would result in the sale of such a business and it would be more likely to be assessed on the basis of being a source of income. Recent case law, however, has established that there is no longer an assumption that a family business will automatically be protected on divorce.

As part of the financial proceedings, the business may need to be valued, and then a determination made as to how that value should be dealt with in the making of financial provision.

This can potentially have far-reaching consequences, not just for the parties to the marriage, but for all those involved with the business in question, as they will be equally bound by the Court’s decision as to the future of the business.

Decisions around business and divorce may not necessarily involve the sale of the business (although that is a real possibility) and at the very least, as a result of divorce, there is likely to be a significant restructuring. Valuation can be complex and can extend to land owned by the business and company pension schemes, as well as unravelling who has made what contribution to the business, particularly when the contribution may not have been in direct financial terms.

If your marriage is in difficulty, you should seek legal advice from a specialist family law firm as soon as possible about your business in order to understand how best to protect its future and how to continue to operate in practical terms during what is an undeniably difficult time.

Major Family Law are a boutique family law firm in the north east. We are one of the best family law firms in the area with a specialism in all things family law. We have the experience and expertise to advise you fully in relation to the business, to assist you in obtaining an accurate valuation of the business and to guide you towards a successful settlement in a way that both protects your interests and avoids unnecessary disputes wherever possible.

Our solicitors provide a cost-effective service to all of our clients, regardless of your background or the size of your business. We believe that everyone deserves the best possible representation in their divorce, and we can help protect your assets and come to the fairest conclusion possible during the negotiations.

We offer a 45-minute, no obligation, free consultation. Please call 01661 824582 or complete our contact form to arrange a conversation with an expert family solicitor today.

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I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

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Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

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We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

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"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

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Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

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"Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail"

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

Family Law Counsel and Deputy District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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