HAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP BROKEN DOWN? DO YOU NEED LEGAL ADVICE?
If you have been in a relationship or marriage which has recently broken down, then we know you will be in turmoil and not know which way to turn first. You will probably have friends who will support you through the emotional trauma, but you will have lots of other questions that you need clear and honest answers to, so that you can deal with other challenges which need to be sorted out.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
We can help by advising you about the procedure if you are contemplating divorce proceedings and help you sort out the essentials when it comes to discussing and negotiating a financial settlement with your ex-partner. We can also help you work out what the best arrangements are for the children, and this could also apply to grandparents if the amount of time they see the children has been reduced as a result of the parents separating.
No two situations are ever the same, and so it would be impossible to guarantee how long things might take and how much it will cost, as different eventualities often arise. As a guide it takes approximately four months for a divorce to be concluded.
HOW DO YOU SORT OUT YOUR FINANCES – WHAT WILL BE YOURS?
Alongside the formality of the divorce procedure itself, we will discuss the financial issues with you, and negotiate with your ex-partner in an attempt to reach a settlement which is satisfactory for everyone. Some examples of this could be – what should happen to the family home, or how much maintenance you should pay for your child’s financial welfare, or working out who should be responsible for any debts which have built up, or deciding whether you could make a claim on your ex-partner’s pension.
WILL YOU NEED TO GO TO COURT?
If necessary, we can guide and advise you through court proceedings but it is far less common these days for this to be necessary and usually parties are able to reach agreement, thus saving a lot of time and money. That said, it is always advisable to formalise decisions you make with regard to a financial settlement by having this embodied into a court order. That way, you will be protected from any further financial claims that may be brought in the future.
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?
Even if you have recently separated but are not contemplating divorce proceedings, you may be concerned about the children who are innocent bystanders in the breakdown of your relationship. We can advise and negotiate on your behalf in trying to agree arrangements which suit you, your ex-partner and most importantly, the children. If this cannot be achieved amicably, then again we will assist you make an application to court to resolve those issues. This does not only apply to the parents – you might be a grandparent who is missing out on contact with the children because their parents’ relationship has broken down. We can advise and assist you if this has happened to you.
If you have any questions and you want someone who can guide you through the legal process, pick up the phone and make an appointment with us now. Once we have discussed all the issues we will be able to give you an idea of timescales and costs to reach a final solution.
PHONE US NOW ON 01226 210777 AND ARRANGE A FREE INITIAL 30-MINUTE APPOINTMENT WITH LAURA MACKFALL AT Heseltine Bray & Welsh.