Flexible family solutions

Welcome to our Flexible Family Solutions department. Family problems bring with them a great deal of emotional stress, you need the support of an experienced lawyer.

Call Janice Leyland on 01905 727700 or email jleyland@scaiff.co.uk

Family problems bring with them a great deal of emotional stress, and when all other avenues have been exhausted you need the calm, reassuring professionalism and support of an experienced lawyer to advise and guide you through this difficult time.

Our Family Law Team is highly experienced with a very sympathetic approach, to help you make appropriate decisions for you and your family. We are able to offer you alternative methods of resolving family disputes and we will discuss this with you at your first meeting.

We are committed to reaching workable solutions for the benefit of your whole family, and wherever possible we will seek to use alternative dispute resolution methods to help you.

We offer practical, immediate help and advice in all areas of Family Law. For more information on the areas we cover please click on the links below:

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Property and Asset Division
  • Pre - and Post-nuptial agreements
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Child arrangements

Funding

We understand that finding the funding to deal with family disputes can be difficult. Please contact us to discuss the best way of funding our work for you.

We offer a fixed fee initial appointment upon request.

Relationship Breakdown

It is a sad fact of life that relationships come to an end.

Each individual must come to terms with the breakdown of the relationship but they also need support and guidance in resolving the problems which result following the ending of the relationship such as financial and children matters. We offer advice about the options available to you and help you to make informed decisions about what to do next, so that you can begin to take control of the situation. We’re here to help, not to make a judgement.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

The use of ADR generally requires the agreement of both parties. ADR offers an alternative to the traditional court system. Its greater flexibility, speedy and constructive approach can mean it is generally less costly (both in emotional wear and tear and financially). We will discuss ADR options with you to see which option would suit you best. Visit - www.resolution.org.uk

Mediation

Family mediation can help to resolve issues on divorce, separation, children and finances without going to court. You and the other party would try to reach agreement with the assistance of the trained mediator. You would not have legal advice during such meetings and the mediator may not be a solicitor with knowledge of financial issues, for example, within divorce proceedings. We are there to advise you as necessary before and after the mediation meetings. Visit - www.resolution.org.uk

Property and Asset Division

When a relationship breaks down, whether you were married or not, there is usually joint property to be divided.

The rules on division of property are different dependent upon whether or not you were married and we will explain these to you. We will advise you with advice on how to reach a settlement, be it through negotiation, mediation, collaborative law or the Court process. We will help you to choose which of these methods is the best for you and your family. Visit - www.resolution.org.uk

Pre- and Post-nuptial agreements

What is a pre nuptial agreement?

It is a legal agreement entered into prior to the marriage setting out how the couple intend their assets to be divided if they subsequently separate or divorce.

What can it do for me?

  • It can protect previously acquired wealth or inheritance (non matrimonial property), for example family business interests etc.
  • It can give certainly in allowing you to plan how the assets would be divided if the relationship were to fail and so saving money on costly litigation
  • It clarifies how finances are dealt with during the marriage giving transparency

Will it be binding?

Currently they are not legally binding. In divorce proceedings, the court can still has override the pre-nuptial agreement when considering how to share the assets and income of a marriage.

What is a postnuptial agreement?

A postnuptial agreement is designed to deal with the same situation as a pre-nup. However, unlike a prenuptial agreement, which is agreed before a couple is married, a postnuptial agreement is entered into by the couple during their marriage.

What can it do for me?

A post-nup can be a good thing to consider if you have previously separated but are now back in a relationship, and you want to avoid uncertainty if things go wrong for a second time.

Will it be binding?

As with a prenuptial agreement they are not currently legally binding. The courts now take them into account provided the formalities of timing, advice and disclosure have been complied with and that it is fair at the time.

Domestic Violence

In cases whether there has been domestic abuse including domestic violence you may be advised to seek an injunction through the civil courts. We are here to guide you through that process, and support you along the way.

Child Arrangements

Your children will be the most important things in your life.

All too often the children can become embroiled in the adult difficulties no matter how hard you try to spare them.

We will help you to find an arrangement that suits your children, whether this is through negotiation, supporting you in mediation, use of the collaborative law process or through the Courts. We keep in mind the fact that an arrangement reached by agreement is far more likely to last than one imposed by the Court.

Parenting Apart Programme

We recommend the Parenting Apart Programme for all parents. The Programme, delivered by the Claire Field Consultancy, has been specifically designed to support parents, and the emotional wellbeing of children, going through conflict, separation or divorce. It is tailored to the individual needs of the separating parents. It is not judgemental but helps both parents to focus on the needs of their children, and to learn how to be effective separated parents.

Members: Simon Shaw, Elizabeth Rimell.
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