Family Law

We offer a specialist and expert service to clients who are going through divorce and separation issues.

Whether you are facing divorce, separation, or any other family law issues, we can help you through what can often be a distressing and confusing time.

We offer affordable solutions on all family law matters including:

  • – Divorce
  • – Divorce/financial settlements
  • – Pre-nuptial agreements
  • – Cohabitation
  • – Child issues

We offer a practical and sympathetic service tailored to your individual circumstances and requirements. Please get in touch for a confidential, no obligations, free consultation.

Divorce & Separation

Going through divorce can be challenging and painful. Whether you are seeking advice on a divorce, or just want to know where you stand financially if your relationship breaks down, we’re here to help you through this difficult period.

You can get a divorce if you have been married for at least a year and your relationship has permanently broken down. You must have a marriage that is legally recognised in the UK, and have a permanent home in England or Wales.

There are three main steps to getting divorced:

  1. File a divorce petition – you have to apply to the court for permission to divorce, and show reasons why you want the marriage to end.
  2. Apply for a decree nisi – if your spouse agrees to the petition, you’ll get a document saying there’s no reason you can’t divorce.
  3. Apply for a decree absolute – this legally ends your marriage – you need to wait 6 weeks after you get the degree nisi before you can apply.

Financial Agreements

Sorting out financial issues is, for most couples, the most daunting part of separation and divorce. Our dedicated team will take you through the process, providing you with practical support throughout.

The law in this area is complex and rapidly changing to reflect society’s changing lifestyle choices. We advise you on the most cost effective and efficient way of resolving issues.

Children Law

The breakdown of a relationship can be hard enough, but it can be even more complicated if children are involved. It is extremely difficult to work out issues of contact and residence where there is hostility between parties. This is where we can help.

If no agreement can be reached, then an application to the family court will be necessary. The court will make an order deciding who the child should live with, and the frequency and type of contact. The court can also make orders prohibiting a parent from doing something, such as removing the child from the country. The courts main consideration is the best interests and welfare of the child.

If you wish to make an application to the court in respect of a child, you will usually need to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a trained mediator.

If you have a dispute over your child and are unable to agree arrangements, contact us for a free initial consultation.

What is parental responsibility?

All mothers and most fathers have legal rights and responsibilities as a parent, known as “parental responsibility”. If you have parental responsibility for a child you don’t live with, you don’t necessarily have a right to contact with them – but the other parent still needs to keep you updated about their well-being and progress.

There are three main steps to getting divorced:

– Provide a home for the child

  • – Protect and maintain the child

– Disciplining the child

  • – Choosing and providing for the child’s education
  • – Agreeing to the child’s medical treatment
  • – Naming the child and agreeing to any change of name
  • – Looking after the child’s property

Parents have to ensure that their child is supported financially, whether they have parental responsibility or not.

Over 20 years of experience we’ll ensure you get the best guidance.