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Intervenors and third party claims

Legal advice on a bringing a third party claim in a divorce or dispute

If you find yourself indirectly involved in someone else’s divorce proceedings or dispute, our family law solicitors can give you expert legal advice you need to protect your interests.

If you have an interest in the outcome of a dispute or divorce but are not one of the main parties, our expert family law solicitors can help you bring a third party claim as an “intervenor” in the Court proceedings.

Call 0800 422 0123 or get in touch online to arrange an initial consultation.

When might a third party claim arise?

  • In divorce proceedings: if you have an interest in assets that are set to be divided between the separating couple, for example a share of a property or business
  • In cohabitation disputes: if you have a stake in the property or finances involved in a dispute between an unmarried couple

Divorce financial settlements involving a third party

Our expert divorce solicitors have particular experience in complex divorce financial settlements where a third-party may have an interest in the assets being split between you and your ex-spouse. For example, parents who provided a loan to purchase the family home or a family farm where relatives may have an interest in the marital home and the running of the business.

Whether you need to challenge a third party’s interest in your divorce or support it, getting expert legal advice early can help secure a favourable outcome.

Protecting your financial interests in someone else’s divorce

Where a couple are divorcing and dividing their finances, there are often issues in determining what assets they hold and what they are worth. If you have an interest in those assets, as a parent or business partner for example, you may want to bring a third party claim to protect your position.

In these situations, one of the separating parties often challenges or denies your interest and wants the whole asset to be available for division on separation. This means that you will have to defend your interest by intervening in the divorce proceedings. The Court will then need to determine the extent of your interest in a separate procedure before it can resolve the financial claims between the spouses.

It’s important that you receive prompt expert advice in these situations to ensure that your interests are adequately recognised and protected. We have specialist experience in dealing with this complex procedure and can guide you through it with diligence and care.

Who may wish to intervene in divorce financial remedy proceedings?

Examples of who may intervene in divorce financial remedy proceedings include:

  • Business partners: who may also be siblings or other family members of a person getting divorced and may wish to protect the business assets by defining the extent of the divorcing spouse’s interest.
  • Trustees: where a spouse is the beneficiary of a trust, the trustees may have a duty to the other beneficiaries. They might claim to ensure that all entitlements are taken into account when deciding what may be available to the divorcing beneficiary.
  • A parent: where the divorcing spouses have previously agreed to accommodate a parent or look after them in the family home but this will not be possible following divorce, the parent may have a claim for their interest to be taken into account.

Why choose us for your third party claim?

  • Pragmatic and tenacious approach
  • Quality of service and expertise highly-rated by Chambers UK and Legal 500
  • Carefully managed costs and competitive rates
  • Trained family mediators and collaborative lawyers in our family law team
  • Committed members of Resolution, taking a non-confrontational approach to family matters wherever possible
  • Specialists across the firm who can advise on any other legal matters that arise

Contact our family law team

If you need legal advice about any issue relating to an intervenor claim, call now on 0800 422 0123 or contact us online to speak to one of our expert family law solicitors.

Your key contacts

Rayner Grice


Rayner advises on the issues that arise for an individual following the breakdown of a relationship in relation to divorce/civil partnership dissolution, their financial affairs and their children.
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Adam Maguire


Adam specialises in divorce and family law. He advises clients regarding all aspects of private family law including cohabitation, separation, divorce and related financial issues, disputes concerning children and nuptial agreements.
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Clare Webb


Clare has built her practice with a commitment to helping her clients resolve their issues in a constructive and conciliatory way. In doing so, she will always have regard to the longterm hopes and aspirations for the family as a whole, whilst of course protecting her client’s interest.
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Philippa Yeo


Philippa is committed to helping couples navigate all aspects of the legal process on the breakdown of their relationship in a pragmatic, collaborative and family-focused way including supporting couples to reach arrangements for their children and achieve healthy future co-parenting relationships.
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