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Nicola Wilburn-Shaw

09.08.2019

ASK THE EXPERT: NICOLA WILBURN-SHAW

Nicola is a Partner at McAlister Family Law. She is highly experienced in high-value and multi-asset financial disputes, particularly those surrounding undisclosed income or assets. She has a well-deserved reputation for being “the one who always finds the money”.

I am in the process of getting divorced. My ex-spouse has produced fake legal documents, claiming they were signed years ago. What can I do?

There are numerous ways of verifying the legitimacy of any documents presented within court proceedings. For example, forensic experts can examine an original document to determine the age of ink presented so as to establish when was signed. Handwriting experts can be instructed to verify the legitimacy of a signature. You can request the metadata of electronically created document which will show the date the document was created and any subsequent changes made. 

My spouse has walked out, leaving me and my children with no income. My spouse is in full time paid employment. What can I do?

First, speak to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) and arrange for an urgent assessment. Seek the advice of a solicitor who should discuss with you the possibility of making an urgent application for maintenance, and for your legal fees to be met by your spouse if you do not qualify for funding. You may be entitled to government help with benefits; speak to the Citizens Advice Bureau or your solicitor about this.

 

If you have any questions about any of the issues covered in this article, please contact us today.  We're here to help you.

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