The team can assist with various matters; from Divorce Proceedings, to the settlement of matrimonial financial matters, to securing time with your children or grandchildren. We know that every client’s needs are different and we tailor our expert advice to support you through this difficult process.
Family matters are sensitive by nature and can often lead to anxiety; Court Proceedings are one of the most stressful life events. We will work with you to ensure that your rights are protected at a time when legal guidance is needed the most. We will support you through difficult negotiations and help you protect what matters to you most.
How long does a Divorce take?
We recommend that wherever possible an electronic application is made for a Divorce, as this is the quickest method. We have an account with the Court online portal and we will prepare and file your application on your behalf. The timeframe is dependent upon the response of both parties, whether there are financial matters to be resolved also, and the Court administrative processing times; however, an approximate timeframe is between 4 to 6 months.
I have lived with my partner, as ‘common law partners’, for a number of years, but we are not married. Do I have the same rights in respect of the family home, as if we were married?
No. Regardless of how long you have lived together, you do not have the same automatic rights to financial support or to make a claim in respect of a property they own. There may be certain circumstances when it is possible to make a claim, but Court Proceedings in this area of law can be time consuming and costly. The best way to remove the uncertainty and to protect your assets is to record both parties’ intentions in a Cohabitation Agreement.
What is a Child Arrangements Order?
A Child Arrangements Order is a Court Order which states who a child shall live with and/or who a child shall spend time with. This was previously referred to as Residence and Contact, or prior to that, Custody of a child. If parents are unable to agree the arrangements for their child(ren), and have attended a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM), it is possible to make an application for a Child Arrangements Order.
Can I change my child’s name?
Anybody with Parental Responsibility should be consulted and their permission obtained regarding important decisions about a child, including changing their name. If you cannot obtain the permission of everyone with Parental Responsibility, you can apply to the Court for a Specific Issue Order.
Do I have any rights as a Grandparents to see my Grandchild(ren)?
Although you do not have an automatic right, it may still be possible for you to make arrangements to see your grandchild(ren). If you have attempted to make arrangements directly with your grandchild(ren)’s parents and have attended a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM), and it has not been possible to agree arrangements, you may make an application to the Family Court for Leave (permission) to apply for a Child Arrangements Order. The Court will always consider what is in the best interests of the child(ren) concerned when deciding whether to make an Order.
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