When couples and their families go through the trauma of even the most amicable divorces, throwing careful tax considerations into the mix is only going to add to the tension. Withtax planning in the current anti-avoidance atmosphere, keeping things simple and avoiding the worst pitfalls is essential – while trying to be too clever, or bending the rules, is foolish in a separation, when the pressures are often feeling unendurable.

John Handley, Senior Tax Partner at DSC Metropolitan Chartered Accountants agrees.

“It’s a huge subject. Tax and other related financial matters aren’t going to be driving issues on divorce but if you ignore tax matters, they can come back to bite you when you least expect it...

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