Areas of Law / Divorce and Family

Every year, more than 100,000 marriages in England and Wales end in divorce.

Going through a divorce or separation can be one of the most stressful times of anyone’s life, not only does it affect the relationship itself, but can also affect your family and children, your home and your finances.

Family law, whether it be divorce, separation, gaining access to your children or problems with an ex-partner, will affect many people at some point in their lives. Finding the answers to your situation and knowing what your legal rights are can be daunting. Our free legal advice can help answer some of those questions and help you decide what is right – personally, legally and financially – for you and your family.

Our family law experts can help you with a wide range of free legal advice covering:

  • Child arrangements
  • Child maintenance
  • Civil partnerships
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Divorce, separation or dissolution
  • Financial settlements
  • Injunctions
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements

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Divorce and Family Questions

I am 59. 15 months ago my husband left me after 40 years of marriage to live with another woman in her house. He now wants to sell our home and split the money. As there won’t be enough for me to buy another property, would I have a claim on my husband’s work pension? We are not legally separated or divorced.

My wife left me recently. Before she went I volunteered for redundancy, and am due to receive a lump sum and weekly pension soon. Will she have any claim on these, and how will the rest of our assets be divided up?

I was divorced last year but we still haven’t reached a financial settlement. Will my ex-wife be entitled to a share of the company pension I’ve been drawing for the last five years? Will the fact that she’s living with a new partner affect her entitlement from the family finances?

My daughter lives with a man who has £50 a week taken from his wages by the Child Maintenance Service to pay for two children of a former girlfriend. He says only one of the children is his, but they have discovered that a DNA test will cost around £100, plus legal fees. They are in danger of losing their house. Shouldn’t the CMS take their financial commitments into account?

I have started divorce proceedings. Our house is in my husband’s name. Will this affect our financial settlement?

When I moved in with my partner I bought a half share of his house, paying off his mortgage and becoming tenants in common. I have now left, and wish to claim back my half share; the house is now worth double what it was then. He says he can’t afford to buy me out. Can you tell me what my position is? I do have another property, and his teenage daughter has said she wants to move in with him.

When I suspected my wife was having an affair, in desperation I had my home ‘phone bugged and gained proof of it. My solicitor said this was permissible under the circumstances, but I’ve since found out that there may be strict rules governing whether this type of evidence is admissible in court. Can you advise?

I am in an unhappy marriage. My elderly mother will leave me a considerable sum of money when she dies, and I would like to know whether my husband would be able to claim half my inheritance should we get divorced after her death. Is there any way this money could be protected so my son and I would not be penniless should the marriage break down?

My friend’s son has decided to leave his girlfriend because of her violent mood swings. But she tells him that he has no rights to see his child because they weren’t legally married – even though his name is on the child’s birth register. Is this true?

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