If you and your ex cannot agree how to split your finances after divorce, either of you can apply to the court to start ancillary relief proceedings.
In essence, you set out to the court what you would like to see happen, your ex will set out what they think should happen, and the court will make a binding decision.
The main law in this area can be found in Part Three of the Matrimonial Causes (Northern Ireland) Order 1978.
If you think you will have to resort to ancillary relief proceedings in order to bring about a fair financial settlement, it is critical that you start collecting the evidence you need for your divorce as soon as possible.
It is highly likely that you will be asked to disclose:
It is a big job to gather up all this information, so the sooner you get started, the better.
You can find more information about ancillary relief applications in a later section of this guide. But before that, it’s important to note that some people, they cannot wait for the divorce to come through before sorting out certain parts of their finances.
Perhaps one spouse has been the sole source of income in the family. In such a case, the other spouse may require financial assistance during the period between the relationship breaking down and the divorce being finalised.
So we’ll talk about how this can be dealt with in the next section.