Providing legal advice on family matters requires tact and empathy. Mortgage Arena have a team of solicitors that we recommend who take time and care in dealing with the issues you may face, discussing your circumstances thoroughly with you before explaining the options available, in the strictest confidence.
Separation and Divorce
Deciding that a relationship has irretrievably broken down and that the only recourse is separation or divorce is a hugely unsettling and upsetting process. The solicitors we recommend are there to make the process as pain-free as they can, while ensuring the interests and well-being of clients and especially their children, are carefully considered.
It is not always necessary to proceed to Court to resolve matters and when appropriate, they will try to help clients reach agreement through discussion and mediation. We can provide access to an independent mediator where this solution may offer a viable alternative.
If the relationship has reached a point where separation or divorce is the only way forward we will provide guidance and support in preparing the petition for divorce and assisting with any settlement for financial and personal matters. If the situation arises we can also represent clients in court and deal with any litigation throughout the process. We can offer collaborative working to ensure that every opportunity is taken of chances to avoid court.
We also provide advice on the termination of registered Civil Partnerships.
Unmarried Couples Disputes
The breakdown of any relationship is difficult and to some degree this can be even harder for unmarried couples, as there are often very complex financial problems to be resolved. More often than not there will be a property at the centre of the dispute. The solicitor we recommend will appreciate the difficulties that can arise from this situation and work with you to try and resolve matters as quickly as possible.
The will provide for you assistance in assessing how joint assets should be fairly divided but if negotiation and discussion does not result in a satisfactory conclusion, we can represent you during Court proceedings, to obtain a declaration from the Court as regards the parties respective entitlement in the property, including dealing with any subsequent Order of Sale for your property.
Arrangements for Children
Separation, divorce or the breakdown of a relationship for an unmarried couple all have the potential to cause considerable distress for any children involved. Wherever possible the solicitors we recommend will help negotiate arrangements that not only meet the needs of the children but also provide both parents with the means to adjust to their new situation, without undue disturbance.
If an agreement cannot be reached we can help with preparations to assist the court with any orders that are made. These can cover reside prohibited steps orders (which encompass restrictions on a child being removed from their country of residence).
Cases involving domestic violence can be highly emotive and require particularly sensitive handling as clients may have endured many years of abuse. We provide advice on mediation, reconciliation or, where required, options for criminal prosecution.
Their service also provides advice on personal protection and harassment.
Mortgage Arena will pass on a recommendation to a solicitor.