Matrimonial Valuations

Divorces are rarely straightforward. They can become drawn-out, costly and heated, when neither party can agree on how to distribute their jointly assets.

If you can’t decide what to do with your home or who deserves what, you’ll need a matrimonial valuation. Also known as a divorce settlement valuation. This will need to be from an independent RICS registered valuer.

The benefits of obtaining a property valuation for divorce purposes.

By acquiring a matrimonial property valuation, you can:

Get Advice from an Independent RICS Registered Valuer
Will give you a professional unbiased valuation.

– Prevent Legal Disputes
Obtaining an independent valuation will potentially avoid the need to go to court.

– Obtain What’s Rightfully Yours
You prevent giving up assets you believe belong to you until you have a market valuation.

– Provide Court Proceedings Go as Smoothly as Possible
An accurate matrimonial valuation will prevent delays by providing your legal advisors and the judge with the necessary information.

What is a matrimonial valuation?

If divorcees can’t decide how to divide their assets, unbiased matrimonial valuation is required. You will need an RICS registered valuer to conduct a valuation for a judge to determine how to distribute your assets per the law. Regarding your property, a divorce settlement briefly details:

– Locality
– Construction
– Accommodation type
– Tenure details
– Property market value

In the majority of cases, the divorcees will together hire an RICS-registered valuer. They will get an accurate valuation, can work for one party, and remain impartial.

Depending on your joint assets, you may need another professional valuation. For example, you may have an expensive painting whose value could have increased, and you may need a professional antique valuer.

Our team of impartial and compassionate valuers can value your property accurately at a time that suits you. In the process, we’ll produce a robust report, for your legal advisors and the judge, allowing you to reach an amicable agreement.

Call us today to discuss matrimonial valuations with a valuer directly. 

Bristol

Henleaze Business Centre,
13 Harbury Road, Henleaze,
Bristol BS9 4PN
Tel: 01172 872199

London

56 Gloucester Road,
South Kensington,
London SW7 4UB
Tel: 020 3633 2515

Exeter

Unit 2b Manaton Court,
Manaton Close, Marsh Barton,
Exeter EX2 8PF
Tel: 01392 984364

Taunton

Bridge House,
7 Bridge Street
Taunton TA1 1TG
Tel: 01823 765057

Plymouth

24-26 George Place
Plymouth
PL1 3NY
Tel: 01752 936567

Frequently Asked Questions

Divorce rates have seen a four-fold increase in the past forty years. That’s a rise from 2% to 8%. We appreciate that going through a divorce can be an emotional and traumatic experience. Generally, your assets have to be divided fairly and equally. In particular, the marital home can become a bone of contention.

All assets must be divided equally and fairly, including the matrimonial home or shared property and investment or commercial property. Surveyors usually carry out matrimonial valuations for solicitors handling the divorce or county/high courts if there is a dispute – and they can also stand as expert witnesses.
Surveyors are generally jointly appointed by the solicitors of each party. Their job is to present an independent valuation for and to the court. They can also carry out valuations for single parties to use in negotiations.

Valuations may be disputed. For example, one party may see no reason for another valuation if they already have one to hand. Or you may be the party insisting on another because you suspect your spouse has given a particular asset an unfair or unrealistic value.

All matrimonial property valuations must comply with rule 35 of the Court Procedure Rules (1998). By offering a tailored service at Winfields Surveyors, we get to know our clients closely and, in some cases, may have worked with them before in happier circumstances when they have been buying and selling homes. We know them and their property and can lend a sympathetic, knowledgeable ear to both parties.

Bristol

Henleaze Business Centre,
13 Harbury Road, Henleaze,
Bristol BS9 4PN
Tel: 01172 872199

London

56 Gloucester Road,
South Kensington,
London SW7 4UB
Tel: 020 3633 2515

Exeter

Unit 2b Manaton Court,
Manaton Close, Marsh Barton,
Exeter EX2 8PF
Tel: 01392 984364

Taunton

Bridge House,
7 Bridge Street
Taunton TA1 1TG
Tel: 01823 765057

Plymouth

24-26 George Place
Plymouth
PL1 3NY
Tel: 01752 936567