Welcome to the family law department. If you require assistance in relation to protective planning for your future or, in the unfortunate circumstances when your relationship has broken down, we will listen and support you moving forward.
If you are intending to, or are already living together as an unmarried couple and you would like to ensure that the assets you have built up prior to the relationship are protected, Our family law department can advise you in relation to cohabitation agreements. There may be circumstances where a family member has gifted you money towards a property for example and they want this to remain confidential and that in the event of separation you will receive the benefit of those funds rather than your partner. We can also discuss the benefits of a Deed of Trust.
Whilst going through the planning stages for marriage you may wish to consider a pre-nuptial agreement. This may not seem romantic but it is a good way to reduce potential disagreements within the marriage relating to property and protect intended ownership. Finances are known to be a major cause of arguments, and are frequently a significant factor in marital breakdown. This type of agreement would clarify exactly what both party should expect to leave the marriage with in the event of separation.
It is a sad fact, but not all marriages will work and in these circumstances we can advise you in relation to divorce and judicial separation. There are a number of reasons why relationships fall apart. However, if you truly believe that there is no prospect of reconciliation, we can advise and assist you during these difficult times. Financial security is often a worry, particularly where a couple have lived together for a long time and have children. We will always consider whether mediation is suitable for you and will always try and help you to reach an amicable agreement. However, in circumstances where an agreement cannot be reached, you may require a Judge to make a decision as to what is fair. We will explain the court process and assist throughout. We believe that this is a last resort as we understand that the Court arena is an intimidating place for most people.
Our Family Law Solicitors Louisa Bestford and Emma Canham have ranging wide range of experience in dealing with issues relating to arrangements for children of the family, particularly in relation to which parent your child/ children live with and who they spend time with. If you are a grandparent, and want to ensure that you continue to have a relationship with your grandchild, we can advise you in relation to grandparents rights and guide you through the process of establishing this wherever possible.
We meet and advise people from all different backgrounds and situations, some who are excitedly planning for the future and others dealing with making difficult decisions . You are welcome to meet with one of our solicitors for a free half hour consultation to share your experience and find out how we can advise and assist in moving forward. With offices in Newcastle upon Tyne and Teesside we are well placed to help clients in any area of the North East including Stockton on Tees, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Redcar, Peterlee, Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead, Newcastle and Northumberland.
If required, we can call upon the specialist advice of our colleagues who have experience of giving advice on pensions, mortgages, tax allowance and reliefs.
We can help you in all aspects of family law including:
- Cohabitation agreements
- Disputes over children
- Domestic violence
- Pre-nuptial agreements
- Grandparent’s rights
- Disagreements over the home
- Disputes between unmarried partners
- Implications of breakdown on tax, pensions and joint borrowing
- Child support agency issues
Nicola Crowther, Crowther Mediation