We understand that Divorce and Separation can be distressing so we try to ensure we are transparent in our fees packages. We offer some fixed fee packages however the amount and type of work you may require will depend on individual circumstances. Please contact our team to discuss your individual needs.
Typically, the procedure for dissolving a marriage can take in the region of 4 to 6 months, however, this timescale will depend on whether all the parties co-operate and whether financial matters are resolved quickly.
In exceptional circumstances proceedings can be expedited, however, this usually impacts upon the cost of the proceedings.
Contrary to general belief shared care does not automatically mean a child’s time will be divided 50/50 between the parents. Shared care can be a number of different combinations and the outcome of who will see who and when will depend on individual circumstances and what overall is in the child’s best interests.
Parental responsibility is the rights and powers that parents hold in relation to children. It commands consultation and agreement upon the parents to a child about decisions that affect that child’s upbringing, health schooling, religion and their legal name.
Parental responsibility can be acquired in a number of different ways. A biological mother will automatically gain parental responsibility. A biological father can obtain parental responsibility in one of the following ways:
- By being married to the Mother at birth of the child;
- By his name being entered on the birth certificate at registration after 1st December 2003;
- By the completion and filing of a parental responsibility agreement;
- By court order.
Parental responsibility can only be extinguished by court order and in the most extreme circumstances. Absence, for whatever reason, does not relieve a parent of the duty of consultation and agreement. In the absence of an agreement to an important decision, a court order may be required.
If you have an established relationship with your grandchildren and there are no welfare concerns about you seeing them, we can assist you in re-establishing spending time with the children.
We understand the financial pressure of separation, in whatever circumstances. We are able to offer our clients bespoke payment arrangements if required. Please contact us today to discuss the options available.
Mediation is a process designed to resolve disputes. Family mediation involves 2 people meeting with a mediator to first assess whether the dispute is suitable for mediation. Thereafter, a meeting with both parties and the independent mediator to assist the parties in reaching an agreed outcome. The mediator is not there to advise anyone but to facilitate an agreement being reached. Often individuals require legal advice between mediation sessions. It is therefore important to take the opportunity to take independent legal advice.