Services > Family, Home & Personal Law
Providing legal advice on family matters requires tact and empathy. We take time and care in dealing with the issues you may face, discussing your circumstances thoroughly with you before explaining the options available, in the strictest confidence. As the thought of divorce or separation can be so daunting, you may wish to call us and arrange an initial fixed rate half hour interview which will give you the opportunity to discuss the specific issues surrounding your circumstances. This half hour interview can be arranged at a cost of just £50 including VAT and will help you to decide the best way forward for you and your family. Alternatively general advice and information can be obtained on our free Divorce Helpline. Click here for details of our confidential divorce helpline.
Separation and divorce
Deciding that a relationship has irretrievably broken down and that the only recourse is separation or divorce is a hugely unsettling and upsetting process. We will try to make the process as pain-free as we can, while ensuring the interests and well-being of clients and especially their children, are carefully considered.
It is not always necessary to proceed to Court to resolve matters and when appropriate, we will try to help clients reach agreement through discussion and mediation. We can provide access to an independent mediator where this solution may offer a viable alternative.
If the relationship has reached a point where separation or divorce is the only way forward we will provide guidance and support in preparing the petition for divorce and assisting with any settlement for financial and personal matters. We can also represent clients in court and deal with any litigation throughout the process.
We also provide advice on the termination of registered Civil Partnerships and the financial consequences of a break-up between co-habitees.
Unmarried couples disputes
The breakdown of any relationship is difficult and to some degree this can be even harder for unmarried couples, as there are often very complex financial problems to be resolved. We appreciate the difficulties that can arise from this situation and work with you to try and resolve matters as quickly as possible.
We provide assistance in assessing how joint assets should be fairly divided but if negotiation and discussion does not result in a satisfactory conclusion, we can represent you during Court proceedings, including dealing with any subsequent transfer or order for sale of your property.
Arrangements for children
Separation, divorce or the breakdown of a relationship for an unmarried couple all have the potential to cause considerable distress for any children involved. Wherever possible we help negotiate arrangements that not only meet the needs of the children but also provide both parents with the means to adjust to their new situation, without undue disturbance.
If agreement cannot be reached we can help with preparations to assist the court with any orders that are made. These can cover residence orders, contact orders and prohibited steps orders (such as restrictions on children being removed from their country of residence).
Cases involving domestic violence can be highly emotive and require particularly sensitive handling as clients may have endured many years of abuse. We provide advice on mediation, reconciliation or, where required, options for criminal prosecution.
Our service also provides advice on personal protection and harassment issues relating to neighbour or associated disputes.