We are able to help with:
- Financial and Matrimonial Settlements
- Pre-nuptial Agreements
- Cohabitation and Living Together Agreements
- Occupation Orders
- Non-Molestation Orders
- Separation Agreements for Married and Co-habitants
- Disputes relating to the Family Home and beneficial Interests
- Children's Matters including Contact, Residence, Financial Support prohibited Steps Orders and Specific Issues
- Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Our Family Department is headed by Paul Brinkley who has been involved in family work for 23 years, including 22 years as a qualified solicitor. In that time he has tried to develop a sympathetic approach to clients and their problems at what can be a most difficult time.
As a Firm we believe in trying to simplify legal questions and issues especially at a time when clients may find family problems most trying and difficult. By applying a firm and fair approach to family cases, whether Divorce, Cohabitation, Financial or Children's Issues, it is our belief that this delivers the best chance for clients to resolve difficulties more easily, however complicated they may first seem.
We also offer a free half hour appointment for Family matters on request
Contact Paul Brinkley by telephone on 01827 61011 or by email on email@example.com
Divorce and Civil Partnership Dissolution
This can be a lot quicker and more painless if a clear and constructive approach is taken at an early stage. We abide by the Law Society Family Protocols which stress that the management should be as diplomatic as possible and in consultation with the other party and in consultation with the other party.
Achieving a clean break on Maintenance, Assets, your House and Business is what often causes problems on the back of a Divorce. Parties can make as much or as little of this as they wish to. An open, fair but firm approach is what is beneficial legally. If matters can be settled amicably a Consent Order can be achieved without even having to go to Court.
Whilst Case Law has made it clear that Pre-Nuptial Agreements may not be legally binding per se, they are capable of being taken in to consideration later in Divorce and Financial Proceedings as relevant circumstances that the parties had wished to have considered.
Both at the beginning of Cohabitation or at the end of it an Agreement is sometimes vital in establishing the Parties intentions, wishes and legal standing, to avoid later confusion.
Trusts Law, Contribution and Intentions can all have an impact and parties need to have a clear understanding as to what they want to achieve in a potentially complicated interplay betweens Rights, Responsibilities and Intentions.
Living together Agreements and Cohabitational Separation Agreements can help regulate what you would really like to achieve rather than allowing uncertainty to enter in to the equation.
The wishes and needs of children are often overlooked and overshadowed by other issues such as Divorce and Finances. In the case of Parents issues such as Parental Responsibility as well as Contact (Access) or Residence (Custody) they come to the fore generally at some point and need to be resolved.
Also Grandparents rights of Contact are relevant and sometimes need to be seen separately over and above the natural Parents who have split up.
Severance of Financial Support
If suddenly one party to a Marriage withdraws Financial Support then it is sometimes essential to insist upon Reinstatement of that lost Financial Support as an emergency (MAINTENANCE PENDING SUIT).
We advise on Spousal Maintenance Claims that can form an urgent and necessary preliminary to the main Financial Matrimonial Issues to come. In the circumstances, it is normal to seek the reasonable costs of the emergency application from the person who has unreasonably withdrawn support.
A new way of approaching financial and family disputes is to consider Mediation.
Over and above the obvious desire to avoid unjustified or combative Solicitors correspondence it is now becoming the modern approach to consider a third party who acts as an Arbiter and seeks to avoid the inevitability of Court appearances and of a potentially adversarial approach.
This approach suits some people more than others but we support this approach where appropriate and are happy for Third Party Mediation to interact with Courts and Solicitors systems.
Value for Money
Whether you are a Single Parent or a Business Person with Pension, Tax and Corporate issues we appreciate everyones case is different.
We will not elongate an argument. Keeping arguments Proportionate and Cost Effective at all times (as do our choice of specialist Barristers, Pension Experts and Accountants whom we liaise with) are our watchwords.