Family Law

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Separation is often an option taken by couples who are having relationship difficulties and who do not want to divorce or where there are no grounds to divorce. It is important for couples to agree the terms upon which they are to separate.

Sorting out finances and the children takes the worry away and ensures that everything is sorted out for the future. Legal advice and guidance is essential to ensure that the agreement you reach is reliable and enforceable.

We can offer that advice and help you with the negotiation process to achieve a workable arrangement. The terms of the agreement can then be drawn up into a Separation Deed to conclude the negotiation.

The Separation Deed should cover issues such as maintenance, where parties are to live and who the children are to live with, what will happen to the house, who will pay the mortgage/rent, contact, holidays with the children, school fees, is a lump sum to be paid and whether there is to be an agreement that the parties will divorce by consent in two years. So there is a good deal to think about and we can guide you through that process smoothly and without fuss.

Once the Separation Deed has been signed both parties will retain a copy and the process is then concluded.

Family & Matrimonial

Michelle Davidson-Smith heads up our Family and Matrimonial department.

Michelle is a member of Resolution. She has a valuable wealth of experience and knowledge in this area with a genuine understanding of the difficulties and emotional pressures that clients experience when dealing with family breakup.

Michelle is also a trained counsellor who is able to bring her skills into play so as to achieve a strong and effective working relationship with her clients.

The team offer an out of hours telephone service so that a client is able to speak directly with a solicitor.

Free initial appointments are also available so that a client may come into the office and be informed without financial commitment as to the best way to effectively deal with their situation.

Michelle adopts a caring and sympathetic approach to all clients. Working with you means results.

In accordance with the Resolution Code of Practice they are committed to resolving disputes in a constructive and non confrontational way so as to preserve client’s dignity and encourage agreements.

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