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The breakdown of a relationship whether within or outside of marriage can be a stressful and traumatic experience, especially where children are involved. Add to this the fact that there are invariably a number of legal and financial issues that need resolving and it is clear why it is wise to consult a specialist matrimonial and family law solicitor to help you understand your rights, support you through the process and protect your position.
We have a specialist team working in the area of matrimonial and family law to ensure a quick and efficient service. We provide clear and constructive advice so that you can make your choices and will ensure that you are informed of the cost consequences of any action you take. We promote negotiation and early settlement where possible, but will guide you through the Court process if necessary. We are also able to offer mediation to try and resolve financial and children matters where both parties are willing.
Areas of Matrimonial and Family Law where we can assist are:
- Fixed fee Divorce
- Family mediation
- Cohabitation agreements
- Pre-nuptial agreements
- Civil Partnerships and Same Sex Marriages
- Child Arrangement Orders and Parental Responsibility
- Financial settlements on divorce or breakdown of cohabitation
- Separation agreements
- Injunctions preventing Domestic Violence and Abuse
- Taking children abroad
How can we help?
We offer a free initial interview of up to half an hour with one of our experienced lawyers to enable you to obtain some indication as to your rights and obligations and to discuss whether and if so how and at what cost we may be able to help you.
Our costs for a straightforward undefended divorce will generally be a fixed fee of £750 excluding VAT and court fees. In all other cases, including those involving financial and children matters, we will give you an indication of the level of costs likely to be involved and details of relevant charging rates.
Our solicitors are members of Resolution which aims to deal with family matters in a non-confrontational way.
For more information contact Deborah Prance (Resolution trained mediator), Paul Linsdell(Law Society Family Law accredited), Andrew Kingston (Resolution Accredited Specialist) or Amanda Dodge (Chartered Legal Executive) on 01252 316316 for further information, or to arrange a meeting.
Cohabitation Awareness Week
Living together? Great! Unfortunately the law hasn't quite caught up with the times, and both you and your partner could be at risk if the relationship ends.
If you and your partner aren't married or in a civil partnership, you might be surprised that you have very little legal protection if you break up. It doesn’t matter if you've lived together for years or have children. You are not legally recognised as a couple, making it very difficult to claim a share in the family home or your partner’s finances if you split.
For couples living together it can seem normal for one partner to give up work to care for children or elderly relatives – or for the couple to make a verbal agreement where one pays the mortgage and the other pays the bills. But without having an agreement in place, the court can't make your ex pay maintenance to support you just because it might be fair.
To find out more see here
Before We Meet
For some FAQ's on marriage breakdown and assets please see here.