Our divorce and children law solicitors offer both a fixed fee service for more simple matters and a tailored service that takes your unique situation into account.
SOLVING PERSONAL LEGAL MATTERS
We provide Family/Divorce services in the following areas:
Forbes, the specialists in Family and Divorce law, understand how emotionally challenging a breakdown in a relationship can be, that's why we offer the best in sympathetic and compassionate legal support at what can be a very tough time for all involved. Whether you're going through a divorce, separation or civil partnership dissolution, it's important you get an accurate level of guidance in terms of your legal rights during this time.
We present all clients with the support and knowledge they need when it comes to the different aspects of Family law, helping you find the best course of action for yourself and your family, all whilst tailoring our services to your individual requirements. It can be a difficult time which requires the right levels of counsel, especially if there are children involved in the matter.
We offer many services in the Family law sector, offering our private paying clients bespoke tailored options, or for the more straightforward cases we will work hard to keep costs as low as possible for you on matters of Family law. We are also pleased to be able to offer advice on all areas concerning Family law to those who may need and qualify for, Legal Aid.
Our compassionate and knowledgeable lawyers are skilled in providing the best advice and guidance in a wide range of Family Law sectors. We work with you to get the best out of your legal issues in all matters of Divorce and Family Law, so you can start to put it behind you and begin to move on with your life.
Not all cases are as straightforward as some would like, but the expert solicitors at Forbes understand the need to keep costs to a minimum and reduce the strain on families and children.
We offer our private paying clients the option of our tailored service or, for more straightforward cases, a fixed fee service. We also offer advice on all areas for those who qualify for Legal Aid.
If you have not been separated for two years or longer, and if you wish to divorce immediately, the law, as it stands, allows you to do so provided one of you blames the other. The blame is very rarely relevant to how the assets are divided. The divorce itself is not usually contested, and for this reason it is relatively inexpensive.
The children can be overlooked when parents' emotions are raw, the children can even be used as pawns in the domestic "battle". You will be encouraged by your Solicitor, the Court and other individuals who may become involved with your family, to put the welfare of the children at the top of your list. Arrangements for them should be reached by agreement wherever possible. The Court will intervene where agreement cannot be reached. There is opportunity for both parents to receive guidance from mediation services.
On divorce, as a general rule, all assets are usually considered "family assets" regardless of whose name they are in. Your solicitor will encourage you to disclose details of all savings, property, shares and so on. Only when both of you know and agree how much capital and income there is, can you then try and reach some agreement about division. If agreement cannot be reached, it may be necessary to ask the Court to make a decision for you.
Pension values have always been taken into account when dividing assets. Publicity over the last few years has led to misconceptions about how they will be treated. Recent legislation makes division of assets fairer, and easier, bringing advantages to men and women alike.
If you cannot reach agreement about money, the children and so on, of course the cost will be greater. Our Divorce Solicitors will encourage you to try and reach agreement wherever possible. Solicitors are obliged to give you information at regular intervals about how much the costs are. Legal Aid may be available, but usually you have to pay back your costs to the Legal Services Commission.
No, but it can help. You might think that you should receive a vast proportion of the assets, for example, when in reality you are going to be entitled to much less. A solicitor will give you realistic expectations and will encourage you to try and reach agreement. This could prevent you from having to pay your opponent's costs.
All adults can change their name at any stage (over 18). The procedure is simple, a Deed is drafted, signed and witnessed. In relation to the change of childrens' names however, the situation is a little more complicated. You must take legal advice before contemplating changing a child's name.
In the UK, a Civil Partnership is a legal relationship which is registered by two people of the same sex. If you are in a same sex relationship, by registering your Civil Partnership, this will give your relationship legal recognition which gives you added legal rights, as well as legal responsibilities.
This is a Civil Union granted under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, which essentially allows same sex couples to obtain roughly the same rights and responsibilities as a Civil Marriage.
These are, however, becoming less and less popular now that marriage between same sex couples is also available in the UK.
Cohabitation does not automatically mean you have a Civil Partnership as there has to be a ceremony, usually at a Registry Office, or a venue that has been approved to register Civil Partnerships. In addition, anywhere that has been approved to hold Civil Marriages automatically has approval to register Civil Partnerships.