Southampton 02380 482 482
Winchester 01962 679 777
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When relationships end

We understand the kind of problems and concerns you may have at the end of your relationship. We can provide you with the help and support you need at such a time.

 

Our services

We are an established firm of solicitors with an unrivalled reputation in the community. Our eleven-strong team of solicitors can help with:

  • marriage or relationship breakdown;
  • finances;
  • pensions;
  • children;
  • mediation;
  • collaborative law;
  • civil partnerships;
  • emergency remedies;
  • unmarried couples.

Marriage breakdown

We will discuss with you the options of legal separation or divorce.

To obtain a divorce you have to show that your marriage has broken down irretrievably.  You do this by proving either adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, two years separation (with consent) or five years separation. We will explain precisely how the procedures work.

Finances

If your marriage has broken down you will naturally be concerned about your financial position. If you have children there will be an added concern. The financial aspects may be complicated and could involve capital assets, a division of property, pension options and maintenance entitlement.

Whether or not you are able to agree some or all of these areas with your spouse or partner, we strongly recommend that you seek our advice at the very earliest opportunity. This will ensure that you make the right decisions to protect your future security.

Pensions

This is a complex area, where you will need careful advice as to entitlement. We have that specialism and work regularly with other experts to address your needs.

Unmarried couples

If you are not married but have been cohabiting, you and your children may still have rights to the property in which you live. Different principles of law may apply, but we recognise that the circumstances may be no less traumatic than if you had been married. We can advise you on housing issues and financial support.

 Children

We recognise that disputes concerning children can create emotional turmoil. We take care to fully understand each particular case before advising you on the best course of action It will be our aim to assist you in achieving the fairest possible solution. Our factsheet ‘Children‘ sets out our service in more detail.

Mediation

Family mediation is an alternative route for couples to resolve problems following the breakdown of their relationship. It is an active, non-adversarial process where a neutral person helps both of you to negotiate directly once the decision to divorce or separate is made. Please follow the link for more detail about our mediation service.

Collaborative law

Sometimes described as “mediation with lawyer”, collaborative law has the advantages of mediation but differs in that both you and your partner have support from your lawyers throughout. Please see our factsheet ‘Collaborative law’

Civil partnership

 We are at the forefront of developing this aspect of law. If your civil partnership comes to an end we can advise you on procedure and entitlement and have specialist knowledge of ‘same sex’ relationships.

Emergency remedies

No one should have to tolerate a violent spouse or partner. If you are the victim of domestic abuse do not delay in seeking our help. The court have the power to protect you in a variety of circumstances and we will help you obtain the protection you need. If your spouse is dealing with finance in an attempt to prejudice your claims we can take steps to protect those assets and ensure a level playing field.

How we operate

If you would like to speak to one of our family law specialists, please telephone or write to us. If you have a case and you wish to take it up, we will:

  • write to you setting out the terms and conditions under which we will provide you with our services;
  • agree with you and confirm the precise steps to be taken in relation to your particular problem;
  • keep you fully informed in writing of developments as the case proceeds;
  • discuss progress and costs with you at regular intervals.

The lawyers in the family team are all members of Resolution.

Fees

We understand that costs are a major concern, and we ensure that our charges are clear. We provide information on our charges before work begins, with our letters of engagement setting out the work involved and the fee basis, as well as dealing with other relevant or critical issues.

We also have Pay as You Go and Face to Face schemes where affordability is an issue.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements or to find out more.

Southampton Contact

Frank Prior
Partner, Head of Family Team

T: 023 8048 2327
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Winchester Contact

Huw Miles
Finance LLP Partner

T: 01962 679 778
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