Divorce and Separation
The legal process of ending a marriage, also known as the divorce suit. Contrary to common perception, divorce does not automatically deal with the financial claims that arise from the ending of the marriage. It is important to seek legal advice about the financial consequences of divorce.
The resolution of financial claims, for example, property transfer, lump sum, pension provision, spousal maintenance and child support between spouses. It is both usual and recommended that these claims are dealt with at the same time as the divorce suit.
Arrangements for the division of care of the children between the parents, including contact, living arrangements or custody, or where one parent wishes to move away. Issues specific to the children can also arise, for example schooling, or a change of name.
Domestic Abuse Injunctions
Protection for a domestic abuse sufferer in the form of a civil injunction from the family court. A non-molestation order forbids another from harassing and intimidating the victim. An occupation order is designed to regulate the occupation of a family home.
Unmarried Financial Claims
The resolution of property claims and financial support for a child between an unmarried and/or cohabiting couple who have separated. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such institution as a common-law marriage under the law of England & Wales.
Nuptial & Cohabitation Agreements
A contract agreed by a couple prior to marriage or moving in together. The agreement usually sets out how assets will be divided between them in case of separation or divorce.