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We can advise you as to the best way for you to proceed if you feel that your marriage has broken down.
You do have options, even at this stage, from informal separation to divorce, so it is worth making a fully informed decision with our help on the legal implications of each on you and your future.
The innocent victims of a relationship breakdown will be the dependent children of that relationship and key questions include:
- Who will the children live with once you and your partner have separated?
- What contact will there be between the children and the other parent?
- What rights or responsibilities does each of the parents have towards their children, especially concerning the important issues affecting the children’s upbringing?
We can advise you on all of these matters and, more importantly, on how you can resolve any issues that may arise with your partner with regards to your children and their upbringing.
When relationships break down our primary concern is usually our emotional wellbeing, but once it is easier to bear, our thoughts can turn to financial matters. We can advise and help you to come to a settlement that suits you and your needs, concerning maintenance, the family home, liquid assets and pensions.
Collaborative Law – could it work for you?
Collaborative law is a new way of dealing with relationship and family breakdowns that aims to make the process smoother, less stressful and more fruitful. You and your former partner work with your solicitors to discuss and negotiate arrangements face to face to reach a positive solution that will suit both your needs. This process sometimes involves other experts such as family consultants and financial advisors. Both you and your former partner must have a genuine desire to make it work and a willingness to disclose information fully and honestly during the collaborative process.
The benefits of collaborative law are that:
- it avoids the trauma and uncertainties of the court system
- it respects the individuality of each case
- it tends to be much more positive in the long term, ensuring that you and your former partner remain on good terms
- it gives you an arrangement that can adapt to your future needs.
We can advise you on all of these matters and, more importantly, on how you can resolve any issues that may arise with your partner with regards to your children and their upbringing, including: Child Arrangement Orders, Grandparent’s rights and Prohibited Steps Orders.
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