Specialist Family Lawyers
Has your relationship broken down? Do you want to talk to a solicitor to understand your rights and discuss the process of divorce?
We recognise that the breakdown of a relationship is traumatic. Our approach is always to achieve the best outcome for you whether you are starting the divorce proceedings or you find that your spouse has already started the divorce proceedings and you are the Respondent.
Naturally, you will be concerned about your finances, property arrangements and how it will affect any children you have in terms of looking after them, who they will live with or obtaining contact with them, or simply to organise both parents to share the responsibility. We aim to provide sympathetic and tailored advice to help you on the road to a brighter future.
Taking the first step is never easy, but we are here to offer you support and guidance throughout the process. Our clients trust us to provide high quality family law advice and exceptional client support in the most challenging of circumstances
We can help you with:
Divorce, including fixed fee divorce
Starting the Divorce process with Lawmans Solicitors
Every divorce starts with the divorce petition will. This will include information such as your names, addresses, and a statement that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. It will also state the "fact" which you are relying upon.
The Statement of Arrangements - this deals with arrangements which have been made or proposed for any children of the family.
What happens next?
The divorce petition and additional documents are sent to the court. These in turn are sent to the person you are getting divorced from.
The court will then pronounce the divorce in two stages providing you initially with a document called a Decree Nisi and then approximately six weeks later the Decree Absolute which will bring the marriage to an end.
Starting the Financial process with Lawmans Solicitors
Financial matters in marriage is referred to as Ancillary Relief and is the name given to the legal process whereby the financial arrangements of a divorcing couple are negotiated and formalised in a court order. The name ancillary comes from this process being "in addition to" the central legal process of dissolving the marriage. Therefore financial matters in a marriage cannot be dealt with under this process until one of the parties has petitioned for divorce.
The purpose of Ancillary Relief is to put in place a set of financial arrangements that is fair to all parties in the two key areas of 1) Division of Marital Assets and
2) Addressing any major disparity in earning power.
If you think that we could help you resolve a family dispute then please get in touch with the friendly professionals here at Lawmans Solicitors.
Give us a call or use the form on our contact us page and we will be happy to help.