Family Law

When family problems are the issue the most important consideration is that the chosen lawyer has the right approach.

We appreciate that family issues can be difficult and are extremely personal to you, which is why we offer a sensitive, supportive and completely confidential service. We are more than happy to meet with you outside of normal office hours on request, to enable you to fit your appointments around your other commitments.

Our Areas Include:

Care proceedings

The local authority may apply to court and ask for a care order if they have concerns regarding a child. The care order places the child in the care or under the supervision of the local authority. You may find that you are involved in care proceedings or your child may have been placed on the child protection register. We are able to advise and represent you.

If you find that a child has been placed in the care of the local authority and wish for the child to be placed with you (if you are not their mother or father) and feel it is also in the best interests of the child, you may wish to apply for a Special Guardianship Order, we can advise and represent you in this application and you may be eligible for financial assistance from the local authority.

Children matters

We advise you to consider the best interests of the children involved in any matter and to try and concentrate on the practicalities. If you are unable to reach an agreement regarding the children, then we can make an application to the Court and represent you in these proceedings.

During proceedings, the court will also put the child’s welfare first and takes a variety of factors into account including

  • the child’s own wishes
  • the child’s physical, emotional and educational needs
  • the child’s age, sex, background and other relevant considerations
  • any harm which the child has suffered or might suffer in the future
  • how able the child’s parents (or other relevant persons) are to meet his or her needs
  • how the child might be affected by any change in circumstances
  • the powers available to the court

Cohabitation Agreements

We are able to advise and draft cohabitation agreements which will set out the agreement between a couple who are unmarried but living together. The agreement will confirm the financial agreement between you and your partner and most importantly it sets out what will happen if you decide to go your separate ways. Separating from your partner is difficult but a Cohabitation Agreement can ease some of the difficulties as you will have already decided what should happen when your relationship breaks down which can save time and legal costs in the future.

Divorce & Civil Partnerships

We understand that deciding that your marriage or civil partnership has ended is very difficult and emotional time, and that is why we try to guide you through the process by minimising the distress as much as possible.

You can only apply for a divorce if you’ve been married for over 12 months and you can prove that there is an irretrievable breakdown of your marriage, based on 1 of 5 facts. For more information on the process, contact our team today.

Domestic Abuse & Injunctions

If you feel you are subject to domestic abuse, you should seek help immediately. Domestic abuse can be psychological, physical, sexual, financial and/or emotional. If you feel that this applies to you, we can assist you in making an application to the Court for an injunction. If suitable in the circumstances we can also write to the opponent warning them of the implications of their actions.

Financial Matters

It is a common misconception that obtaining the Decree Absolute in divorce also finalises financial matters between two spouses. When you and your spouse have reached the decision that you wish to divorce, you should also consider how financial matters will be resolved. Financial matters on divorce include debts, savings, businesses, maintenance, pensions and investments. We can advise you in negotiations and settlements. If you and your spouse are unable to reach a settlement, we will discuss the possibility of court proceedings with you and issue an application in the Court so that the Court may decide what the financial settlement will be.

Pre-nuptial & Post-nuptial Agreements

If you’re looking for further information on pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements, contact our team today and we will provide you with a breakdown of each processes and your rights.