Guides to issues relevant to Family Law – this may include divorce; children’s matters; unmarried couples; separation of finances.

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Finances and Divorce

When considering divorce, you may not take into account financial separation from your spouse.It is important to sever your financial as well as your marital ties to your spouse so as to stop any further claims on your assets, income and estate.We cannot emphasize enough the importance of financial independence following a divorce, without financial separation you would always be tied, in part, to your former spouse, and they could potentially claim on your finances at some point in the future.Financial negotiations should begin at the earliest possible point following separation and the process should run alongside divorce proceedings.

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Financial commitments don’t end with divorce

Contrary to popular belief, your financial commitment to your ex-partner (wife, husband or civil partner) does not end with a ‘Decree Absolute’. Even if you discuss matters amicably with your ex-partner and decide what happens to your wealth and assets your financial commitments to each other will not end until you legally formalise the arrangement by way of a Separation Agreement and/or a Court Order. What is the time limit for a financial claim after divorce? Regardless of the number of years that have passed since receiving your final order of divorce - the Decree Absolute, there is no time…

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Rights of Fathers in Divorce

Divorce can be an upsetting time, both for the husband and wife and for any children involved, but in law both parents have a responsibility to support their children after a divorce. Firstly, as a father you have as much right as the mother to stake a claim for custody of the children, although in practice only 7% of UK children affected by divorce or separation end up living with their father. The first important concept is that of shared Parental Responsibility. If the children live with their mother, then you cannot expect to have control over their day-to-day lives.…

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Helping in Domestic Abuse Cases

Domestic Abuse – We are a caring and sensitive firm that can help in these difficult circumstances Experiencing domestic abuse of any kind can be a harrowing experience. However, our friendly and experienced team of family lawyers understand the effects of domestic abuse and can help you resolve your issues in this area. Domestic abuse might not involve violent acts, or the threat of violence. Domestic abuse can also be psychological, sexual, financial or emotional. We promise to listen carefully and sympathetically to your situation, and then to consider options available to you, which might include: An occupation order –…

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Child Custody in Divorce & Separation

Children and custody in divorce and separation cases The break-up of a marriage or other relationship can be distressing, especially where the couple have children. The main issues that need to be addressed are: With which partner each of the children will make their main home How much time each child should spend with each partner How much child maintenance should be paid, and by whom Unless the couple instantly reach a mutual agreement on all of these issues, then an attempt is usually made to resolve these matters by mediation. Here a professional mediator, who is an independent third…

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What is Mediation?

Mediation is a form of meeting used in family law for working out financial circumstances and child ownership following a couple’s divorce and separation. A normal meeting of the two parties is likely to be unproductive and potentially dangerous if hostility is brewing between the couple. That is the importance of the mediation process as it can settle arguments and arrange agreements that may otherwise prove difficult to reach in hostile break ups. The process of mediation generally comes in four main steps: 1. The mediator assessment: The mediator's assessment is only there to ensure that no danger is presented…

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