Divorce and Financial Settlement for Avid Art Collectors

Our client’s situation

Julie’s client was a recent emigre from the Ukraine, moving to the UK with his family. He wished to obtain a divorce in the UK not long after his move to the UK. It was a relatively long marriage and the couple had two children together.

Being recent arrivals in the UK the family did not have any property or major assets. They did, however, own a large collection of modern art, the division of which was the main issue in resolving the dispute.

Whilst the art collection did not hold a significant monetary value, our client was nonetheless very passionate about the appropriate division of this sentimental asset.

How we helped our client

The parties were able to come to agreement on the majority of typically-contested issues. Following Julie’s advice, the client took a reasonable stance with regard to most of the financial issues and on the issue of the arrangements for the parties’ children, which was reciprocated by his wife.

However, the art collection proved to be a difficult sticking point for both parties. As a Russian-speaking family solicitor, Julie was able to take instructions from the client in his native Russian language. As such she gained an understanding of the true significance of the collection for both parties and was able to negotiate a solution that was agreeable to both. Julie was finally able to reach a compromise following many months of intractable disagreement, saving the client substantial legal costs and the stress of contested and lengthy court proceedings.

Contact Julie

If you would like more information or advice relating to this article or a Family Law matter, please do not hesitate to contact Julie Cohen by emailing julie.cohen@salaw.com or calling 01727 798067.

Read our latest Divorce & Family Law Views and Insights
Good coverage in private law children and financial work, so they are able to offer a full service to clients.
The Legal 500
Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
Views & Insights
The Dos and Don'ts of Nesting Arrangements

With 'birdnesting' gaining traction amongst those who are co-parenting, Sonal Parekh explains the dos and don’ts in order for it to remain a harmonious…

Read More
Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
Views & Insights
Transparency in the Family Court

What has changed - can you watch Family Court Proceedings?

Read More
Family law - supportive holding hands image
Views & Insights
The Importance of Transparency in Family Court

In a recent article published in Today’s Family Lawyer, Kiran Beeharry explains the importance of transparency in family court proceedings after…

Read More
Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
Views & Insights
Family Court Reporting Pilot Expanded

In an article published in Today’s Family Lawyer, Kiran Beeharry welcomes the news that the family court reporting pilot has been expanded to…

Read More
Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
Views & Insights
Law Commission's 'Financial Remedies on Divorce' Review - What Could the Impact be?

What impact could the Law Commission’s ‘financial remedies on divorce’ review have on London’s status as a divorce capital? Marilyn Bell explains how…

Read More
SA Law Family law image, supportive legal advice
Views & Insights
How Will a Prenup Protect Britney Spears Following Her Split With Sam Asghari?

A UK Lawyer's Perspective on Britney Spears' Divorce

Read More
I found SA Law to be very organised and – importantly for me – they were very transparent about the costs, something I found very refreshing from a law…
The Legal 500

© SA LAW 2024

Every care is taken in the preparation of our articles. However, no responsibility can be accepted to any person who acts on the basis of information contained in them alone. You are recommended to obtain specific advice in respect of individual cases.