Practical advice on family, divorce and separation
Austen Jones Solicitors offer a full range of family law and divorce services to clients across the UK. So, whatever your situation, whether you’re going through a separation, concerned about your children’s welfare or maybe starting out with a new partner, our family department will provide you with a clear explanation of the courses of action available to you and the support you’ll need to get back on your feet again.
Our particular areas of expertise include:
Divorce and separation
We offer practical advice on all aspects of divorce, from the relatively straightforward formalities of the divorce procedure itself, to more complex property and financial disputes. Whenever possible, we’ll help you achieve a successful outcome through negotiation. In cases where court proceedings become necessary, we’ll provide you with the necessary advice and support to help you achieve the best outcome possible.
When parents separate, disputes often arise over the amount of time children spend with each parent – the length of visits and the frequency of overnight stays, for example. It’s a highly emotive subject, often leading to a total breakdown in communication – and that’s where we come in. Our solicitors can help you:
- Agree contact arrangements with your ex-partner
- Resolve issues over holiday plans
- Help out in disputes regarding the child’s upbringing such as what name they adopt and where they go to school
Mediation offers many opportunities and advantages which a trial in court cannot. The most important of these is the chance to resolve potentially contentious issues in a non-threatening and informal environment. It typically involves both parties meeting with a professionally trained family mediator. The mediator’s role is to help you work through issues which you might otherwise find difficult to discuss, such as contact and residential arrangements or important decisions involving property ownership and finances.
Pre and post-nuptial agreements
This service is relevant to anyone who is about to, or has recently, been married or entered into a civil partnership. Agreements can be drawn up, tailor-made for your particular circumstances, and can include such issues as:
- How much each of you contributes towards rent or mortgage
- The division of household bills
- What happens if you sell your property
- How bank accounts and debts will be dealt with if you separate
While not legally binding, courts will now take such agreements into consideration when deciding how assets should be split following a divorce or separation.
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