Family Law

Newcastle, Durham, Teesside, Sunderland, Northumberland & North East areas

Setting up home with someone, whether formally by marriage/civil partnership or co-habitation is one of life’s big decisions that almost all of us will make.

Unfortunately, it is from the start, a legal situation that is fraught with the potential to go wrong and render long lasting consequences. 

Given that, you should be informed as early as possible if things are starting to go wrong.

Do not fall into a divorce or separation without professional advice, or you may find yourself at the mercy of high emotions and unexpected events.

Children are always the Courts first priority and all other issues, (particularly money and housing issues) flow from that fact.

As a team we know the law and can apply a practical approach to your specific circumstances. 

We can represent clients in all contested hearings relating to:   

  • Adoption;
  • Arrangements for Children Whose Parents Have Separated;
  • Care Proceedings and Social Services Involvement with Your Children;
  • Child Abduction; 
  • Child Protection; 
  • Child Support; 
  • Civil Partnership Dissolution; 
  • Cohabitation Agreements; 
  • Cohabitation Disputes; 
  • Divorce and Separation; 
  • Domestic Abuse and Harassment; 
  • Family and Friends Carers (Kinship Carers); 
  • Finance in Divorce – Urgent Applications;
  • Financial Settlements (Form E);
  • Forced Marriages;
  • Gender Recognition;
  • Grandparents Access;
  • Legal Advice in Support of Mediation;
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Services;
  • Mediation; 
  • Prenuptial Agreements;
  • Reaching Your Own Agreement; 
  • Separation Agreements; 
  • Solicitor Negotiation; and 
  • Surrogacy.

If you are intending to, or are already living together as an unmarried couple and you seek to ensure that the assets you have built up prior to the relationship are protected, we can advise you in relation to cohabitation agreements.

There may be circumstances where a family member has gifted money to you to enable you to buy a property and they seek for that to remain confidential, further, in the event of separation that family member would want you to receive the benefit of those funds rather than your partner. In such cases we can discuss with you the benefits of a Deed of Trust.

Whilst going through the planning stages for any marriage you may wish to consider a prenuptial agreement. Although this may not be romantic, it is a reality to consider if you are bringing assets and wealth into a relationship. It is a good way to reduce potential disagreements should the relationship break down in the future.  

Finances are known to be a major cause of arguments, and are frequently a significant factor in marital breakdown. A pre-nuptial agreement would clarify exactly what each party should expect to receive in the event of any separation.

It is a sad fact, but statistics show that not all marriages will work and, in these circumstances,  we can advise you in relation to divorce and judicial separation.

There are a number of reasons why relationships fall apart and if you truly believe that there is no prospect of reconciliation, we can advise and assist you during these difficult times. 

Financial security is often a worry, particularly where a couple have lived together for a long time and have young children. We will advise you on whether mediation is suitable for you and will always try and help you to reach an amicable agreement.

However, in circumstances where an agreement cannot be reached, it may require a Court to make a decision as to what is fair. We will explain the court process to you and assist you throughout. We believe that this should be a last resort as we understand that Courts can be  intimidating for most people.

If you are a grandparent, and want to ensure that you continue to have a relationship with your grandchild, we can advise you in relation to grandparents’ rights and guide you through the process, 

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