When facing a distressing or emotional family situation, you need support from family solicitors who can provide you with the best information and advice. We will work closely with you to understand your concerns and priorities and explain how best to proceed.
There is no substitute for talking through your situation face-to-face with one of our family solicitors. We offer new clients an initial fixed fee meeting in our Newbury, Thatcham or Maidenhead offices. In this meeting we will explain your options to you and give you the information you need to make the right decision for you.
Many of our team are members of Resolution which is a national organisation of family lawyers committed to dealing with divorce, separation and other family problems in an amicable manner in accordance with a code of conduct.
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We understand that going through a divorce or separation is a challenging and emotional time. We will work closely with you to negotiate a fair settlement. For more information about how we can advise and support you please visit our divorce and separation page.
Our highly experienced family law team can assist you in relation to any matrimonial financial resolution. We are able to deal with complex financial matters or simple clean break orders for you. Find out more on our financial arrangements page.
We are able to give you specialist advice about the arrangements for your children if you are separating. We can tell you about your legal rights and responsibilities as a parent, what to do if you are seeking to relocate with the children or to oppose relocation.
We also have a public law team that can advise and assist you if Social Services have got involved with you about your children. We can represent you in care proceedings. We have specialist knowledge with respect to Special Guardianship. We also provide legal representation for adoption.
If you are considering living with your partner as an unmarried couple, the last thing you want to be thinking about is the possible breakdown of your relationship.
However, if a situation were to arise, you could find yourself in a difficult legal position if you haven’t made provision now. Our family solicitors recommend that you make a Cohabitation Agreement to avoid unnecessary additional stress further down the line.
If the relationship breaks down then the legal position is different to that of a married couple. As such the situation needs specialist advice so you are aware of the various options to assist to seek the most appropriate outcome.
This is a complex area of law which is currently under review, so staying informed is vital. We ensure that we keep up to date with the latest developments so that you receive the best possible advice and information.
Our dedicated family solicitors are here to support you. We can provide guidance and advice if you are entering into, already in or are considering dissolving a civil partnership. Early on, it is vital that you understand your legal rights and responsibilities in the partnership. This may be the same or differ in many areas to those of a mixed sex married couple.
Our team can advise you on your rights within a civil partnership, giving you the specialist information you need to make decisions which are right for you and your partner.
If you have entered into a civil partnership that has broken down we can also provide guidance throughout the dissolution process to get the best possible outcome for you.
If you are planning your marriage or civil partnership, then thinking about its potential future break-up will be the last thing on your mind.
While this is not always an easy conversation to have with your partner, making provision now can save additional stress and heartache later on. A Pre-Nuptial Agreement sets out your and your partner’s agreement on the division of shared assets in the case of separation or divorce, avoiding long legal battles over them if the situation were to arise.
Although they are not currently enshrined in law the Agreement must be entered into at least 21 days before the marriage or civil partnership is made and after full and frank financial disclosure. If you are too late to make a valid Pre-Nuptial Agreement, there are alternatives which we are more than happy to discuss with you. Our family solicitors can also discuss the laws approach to such agreements and the provisions to include to provide as much protection as possible.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic violence, then seeking advice and support is the first step in helping to deal with that difficult personal situation, and change it.
Our experienced team are on your side. We offer specialist, discreet guidance on any domestic violence, personal protection or harassment concerns you have. We will work closely with you to resolve your situation in a way which works for you.
We have links with local protective agencies and groups, so you can access a wider network of support beyond the legal help and guidance we can give you. With that extra support network, we want to give you the confidence and strength you need to make life-changing decisions and changes.
If you are looking to make a Will or need any other estate planning services please visit our inheritance protection page for more information.
Many of our family solicitors are members of Resolution which is a national organisation of family lawyers committed to dealing with divorce, separation and other family problems in an amicable manner in accordance with a code of conduct. As such we can offer alternative routes to going to court including family mediation and collaborative law if they are suitable to your circumstance.
Most court proceedings and records are private. However on limited occasions information can be published such as if media reporting is allowed.
Decisions in the Family Court are typically intended to be final. If you are considering appealing a decision it is best to seek legal advice as it is importance that your reasons for appealing are legitimate. There is also often a time restriction from the date of the decision.
A consent order is a financial order that can be made by a judge when both parties have reached an agreement either outside court or during court proceedings to bring them to a conclusion. The consent order has the benefit of making the agreement legally binding once it is sealed by the Judge.
We are tenacious in pursuit of clients’ interests so you will have peace of mind that we will do everything to get the best outcome for you. To find out more about how we can help you please contact one of family solicitors to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your situation click here.