A number of the team are members of Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.
Disputes Involving Children
Whether its assistance in deciding where your children should live, or whether you need help with regular arrangements, a member of our family team can help. We also deal with applications to remove a child from this country and contested applications to decide schooling and other specific issues.
Rights of Unmarried Couples
Partners who live together but do not marry do not have the same rights as their married counterparts. There is no such thing as common law husband and wives in this country and unfortunately claims cannot be made in the matrimonial courts but instead under complicated Property and Trust Law.
Pre-nuptials and Post-Nuptials
Significant percentages of approximately 50% of marriages now end in divorce in the United Kingdom. Unsurprisingly then, couples entering a marriage are considering entering into Pre-Nuptial Agreements in order to try to protect their assets in the event of a divorce.
Alternatives to Court - Collaborative Law
The aim is to resolve issues without contested court applications, in a supportive and amicable environment and can help resolve issues concerning children, finances and/or divorce. Both parties each instruct a collaboratively trained lawyer and all meet to discuss and agree the arrangements for your family affairs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Pre-Nuptial?
A Pre-Nuptial is a document in which a couple set out their rights and arrangements in relation to any property, debts or income whether purchased jointly or acquired by one party alone.
What is a Post-Nuptial?
A Post-Nuptial is entered into for the same reasons but after marriage, usually on a life changing event such as a windfall or inheritance in order to try to protect those assets upon a divorce.
Are Pre and Post-Nuptial Contracts binding?
This is a question often mooted by family lawyers in the courts. There are a number of legal requirements that must be present in a Pre or Post-Nuptial Agreement in order for the agreement to be capable of being upheld. It is, however still open to the courts to decide whether to uphold all or part of an agreement and it is not currently possible to oust the court's jurisdiction in this regard.
How much do Pre and Post-Nuptial contracts cost?
This depends upon the complexity of your financial affairs and whether you and your (intended) spouse are in agreement as to the terms of the document. 'Typical' Agreements range between £1,000 to £5,000 plus VAT.
How long does a divorce take?
Typically between 4 to 6 months if there are no complications, however, when there are financial issues to resolve a divorce will often take longer.
What are the grounds for divorce?
A divorce is always based on the fact that a marriage has broken down irretrievably, but it must be based on one of five factors under the Matrimonial Causes Act:
- Unreasonable behaviour
- Separation of two years and consent by the other party
- Separation of five years
How much does a divorce cost?
There is a court fee of £550 currently payable to commence a divorce. Additionally, you can expect to pay between £800 and £1000 plus VAT for your solicitors fees.
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