Family Breakdown

At Jamieson Alexander we understand the difficulties which you face when going through a relationship breakdown.

Whether it be a divorce, separation, civil partnership dissolution we understand that this will be a difficult time for all those involved and you can rest assured that your case will be dealt with sensitively and in a non-judgmental way. Whilst managing your case we are always mindful of the wider issues which can affect you and will do our utmost to bring your case to the best conclusion efficiently and cost effectively.

Divorce

We have a number of years' experience in dealing with divorce proceedings for people from all walks of life. We will guide you through the legal process endeavouring to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family as a whole.

To obtain a divorce in England and Wales you need to prove to the court that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. You can rely on one of five facts in order to do so: Adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, 2 years separation with consent or 5 years separation.

We will take you through each option and assess the best way to proceed clearly explaining the pros and the cons of the route you choose.

We offer a range of fixed fee prices to work within your budget from dealing with the case entirely for you, supporting you in the background or providing ad hoc advice. Please do call us for an initial discussion to see how we can help.


Civil Partnership Dissolution

Our family lawyers are experienced in dealing with civil partnership dissolutions and the unique issues which can be faced such as complications with pre owned assets or children.

You can rest assured that you will receive non-judgmental, clear advice addressing the concerns you have.

To dissolve a civil partnership in England and Wales you need to prove to the court that the partnership has irretrievably broken down. You can rely on one of four facts in order to prove this: Unreasonable behaviour, desertion, 2 years separation with consent and 5 years separation.

We will guide you through the legal process having regard to the wider issues you may face. We offer a range of fixed fee prices to work within your budget from dealing with the case entirely for you, supporting you in the background or providing ad hoc advice. Please do give us a call for an initial discussion as to how we can help.

Financial resolution on divorce and civil partnership dissolution

The division of the finances on a divorce or civil partnership dissolution are often a huge concern for all. We have a wealth of experience in advising clients from all walks of life and you can be sure of receiving honest and frank advice from the outset.

The way in which financial matters further to divorce or dissolution are resolved or decided take into account many factors and do not necessarily result in an equal division of the assets. This is often used as a starting point, but the end result depends on issues like the ages of the parties, length of the marriage and the financial needs and resources of both parties.

As this area is complicated we suggest that we provide advice on the specific circumstances of your case directly. Our years of legal experience help us to guide you as to what the possible outcomes of your case may be. We are experienced in negotiating and achieving the best outcome we can for our clients both inside and outside of the court room. We are also trained collaborative lawyers.

Please feel free to give us a call to see how we can help. We offer a range of fixed fee prices to work within your budget from dealing with the case entirely for you, supporting you in the background or providing ad hoc advice.

Separation/Co-habitation Dispute

It is a common misconception that co-habiting couples have the same rights and protection from the law as married couples should their relationship breakdown. Sadly this is not the case and the law has not yet caught up with modern life. As it stands there are no claims for spousal maintenance or any ongoing obligation for support, save for in relation to the children and there are no claims on any assets held by the other in their sole name.

On separation there can be difficulties with property ownership, such as who has an interest in the property and in what share. This is a complex area of the law, however, we are experienced in dealing with such cases and we can advise and guide you to achieve the best outcome we can.

Please do feel free to give us a call to discuss any concerns or issues you have and how we can help you. We offer a range of fixed fee prices to work within your budget from dealing with the case entirely for you, supporting you in the background or providing ad hoc advice.

Children

In any relationship breakdown the primary concern is the children and their welfare.

It is always best if parents can agree with whom the children will live and how often they will see the non-resident parent.Sometimes, however, it is not possible for parents to agree on this and we have a wealth of experience in advising clients and representing them in such matters.

The most radical shake up of UK family law took place in April 2014 with the court now placing more emphasis on the parties mediating and entering into litigation as a last resort.

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with complicated children matters and fully understand the concern and worry you may have for your children during your relationship breakdown. We will deal with matters sensitively and always having regard to the welfare of your children as our first consideration.

We can assist in negotiation in order to try and agree a solution between you and your former partner. However, should you not be able to agree then we can assist and help you in applying or responding to any application to the court for a:

Child Arrangements Order – An order setting out what the arrangements for the children should be, for example, where they will live, where, when and how often they will see the other parent.

Prohibited Steps Order – An order prohibiting someone from undertaking a certain action in relation to the children, for example, removing them from the jurisdiction, collecting from school.

Specific Issues Order – An Order for a specific action to be taken by someone in relation to the child, for example, to give them medication, to take them to school on time.

If you wish to discuss any concerns you may have and how we can help please do give us a call. We offer a range of fixed fee prices to work within your budget from dealing with the case entirely for you, supporting you in the background or providing ad hoc advice.

Pre-nuptial /Post – nuptial agreements and Co-habitation Agreements

For many couples who are contemplating cohabitation, marriage or a civil partnership thought is given as to whether a document should be prepared to protect assets (such as family trusts) on any later separation or divorce or dissolution. Sometimes consideration is given to the protection of assets following marriage or entering into a civil partnership and for this to be incorporated into a post-nuptial agreement.

We offer advice on the relevance of cohabitation and pre-nuptial/post-nuptial agreements as well as drafting and advising upon them.

If you wish to discuss this further with us please do give us a call for an initial discussion. We offer a range of fixed fee prices to work within your budget from advising and drafting the document for you, supporting you in the background or providing ad hoc advice.

Injunctions

Sadly domestic abuse is more common than most people realise. We are experienced in this difficult area of law and recognise the affect this behaviour has on individuals and the family as a whole.

We offer clear and sensitive advice as to options and protections available for you including timeframes, costs and procedure which vary on a case by case basis.

If you wish to discuss any difficulties you are experiencing further with us please do give us a call for an initial discussion. We offer a range of fixed fee prices to work within your budget from advising and representing you, supporting you in the background or providing ad hoc advice.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is a new way of resolving family law matters, including divorce, separation and children issues, without going to Court.

It allows couples to benefit from the support, protection, and guidance of specially trained lawyers and professionals to help them resolve separation issues through face to face meetings. All participants have to be committed to reach a mutually acceptable settlement that takes into account the highest priorities of both parties.

We are experienced and trained collaborative lawyers who will be able to guide you through the process and represent you to achieve the best outcome for you.

If you are interested in dealing with your separation using Collaborative law then please do contact us to discuss how we can help further.

Surrogacy, Fertility and Parenting Law

At Jamieson Alexander we specialise in surrogacy, fertility and parenting law. In fact, we are so passionate about this area of law we have created Parenting Law UK which deals solely in advising and representing clients on their journey to parenthood. Please click on this link www.parentinglaw.co.uk to see our website for further information as to how we can help.
 

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