Valuation and asset tracing services on divorce

finances on separation and divorce
Settling the finances following divorce

Our forensic accountants for divorce resolution are frequently asked to advise on the financial aspects of separation and divorce. Our reports are thoroughly researched and rarely challenged.

We are always careful to approach our work with sensitivity but with the aim of presenting the parties’ financial position in clear and comprehensive reports with the aim of enabling them to reach an early settlement.

Our forensic accountants regularly work with leading family law firms across the country and have extensive experience in providing party-appointed and single joint expert (SJE) reports for use in negotiations and court hearings. Our founder is a member of Resolution.

We are often engaged to value shareholdings in private companies, businesses and partnerships and to present the resources these could provide the parties going forward.

We recognise that following divorce the circumstances are often very delicate as there may have been a loss of trust and there will be a need for asset tracing and presentation of historical evidence to assist the parties and their advisors.

We have a wide range of European language skills and particular experience of dealing with ultra high net worth international families (“uhnw divorce”) as evidenced by our reported cases and testimonials.

Our range of accounting services for divorce

We aim to provide clear and authoritative reports in areas such as the:

  • Income and other resources available to the parties for spousal periodical payments, child maintenance and the division of assets;

  • Standard of living enjoyed during the marriage to assist the parties in determining future spousal support;
  • Business Valuations – to establish the resources available from business interests in private companies, partnerships and/or unincorporated businesses;

  • Asset Tracing – used to establish the source of the parties’ wealth as well as identifying potential non-disclosure;

  • Presenting financial statements setting out the parties’ total separate and joint assets, liabilities, income and outgoings, to assist the parties with agreeing their division;

  • Attending mediations, negotiations and other processes intended to bring about an early resolution;

  • Tax considerations arising from the proposed settlement.

While most cases settle by negotiation or following a mediation, our experts have given evidence in the Family Courts either as party-appointed or as SJEs.

What our clients say about our forensic accounting in divorce

For example, our founder, Charles Lazarevic, gave oral evidence in the landmark case of Prest v Prest [2011] EWHC 2956 (Fam). The related case involving a trust company, Petrodel, eventually progressed to the Supreme Court and provided guidance on the application of the corporate veil in family law cases.

I spoke to Charles some years ago and identified him as the ‘go-to’ person when I needed to investigate or to present the financial position of high net worth individuals in reports and in court.

His reports are carefully prepared and supported by thorough research.

I would not hesitate in recommending him for big money and complex matrimonial cases.

Michael Pulford
Partner, Pinsent Mason LLP

I wanted to thank you sincerely for the help that you provided. It has been a pleasure to get to know you and I have enjoyed our various meetings. The insights and advice that you were able to provide me with during my divorce negotiations were invaluable.

Should any of my friends be unfortunate enough to go through a similar situation, I would not hesitate to recommend you.

James Forbes-Wilson
Portfolio Manager, UK Equities

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