Family issues

Providing legal advice on family matters requires tact and empathy.

Our team 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.

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. Our experts are there to make the process as pain-free as they can, while ensuring the interests and well-being of clients and especially their children, are carefully considered.

Albeit we would always strive to mediate, 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 financial settlement either by negotiation or representation in court.

We also provide advice on the termination of registered Civil Partnerships.

Unmarried couples disputes

The breakdown of any relationship is difficult  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 Order of Sale for 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 (which encompass restrictions on a child being removed from their country of residence).

Domestic violence

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.