How To Get Free Family Law Advice10th Jan 2019
Need free help with divorce, separation or any other aspect of family law? Get 30 minutes of advice at no cost from one of our expert family lawyers.
But you will have to hurry – this offer is open only until 4pm on Thursday January 31 2019 and it is very popular (the deadline has already been extended once due to strong demand).
This offer is available at our Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Wimborne offices. Find out more about it here.
Our divorce solicitors and other family lawyers are able to discuss a wide range of topics. Here are six of the most popular…
1. How Much Does Mediation Cost?
Mediation is now – under the law – an essential starting point in the divorce process. That is because it is faster, cheaper and much less stressful than going to court. You retain control of your divorce instead of letting a judge take charge.
This makes divorce less acrimonious. It is much better for all concerned – especially your children. Every year the Family Mediators Association runs a campaign to demonstrate how this important legal process can help you. Family Mediation Week 2019 will run from January 21-25.
Find out here how much mediation costs.
2. Splitting Assets In Divorce…Is It Always 50/50?
Who owns what and who will get what in the financial settlement is always a big question in any separation. It almost always gets asked in our free divorce advice sessions.
That is especially true if one partner in the relationship earns much more than the other – or if they brought more assets into the relationship at the start.
The simple answer to the question is ‘no’. It does not always have to be a 50/50 split.
But the financial settlement should always be fair to both parties – otherwise it will remain a matter of contention and could lead to further arguments and litigation. This is why it is important to agree a final settlement.
3. What If My Ex Ignores My Divorce Petition?
Most people getting divorced want the process to be as quick, cheap and stress-free as possible.
But sometimes all their best efforts to compromise and reach an agreement can be undermined if their former partner has unreasonable demands and a confrontational attitude.
Sometimes you will need a process server to formally serve your former partner with a divorce petition.
4. Do You Need A Solicitor To Get A Divorce?
You don’t. But it could prove costly in the long run if you choose to manage your own divorce and (if need be) represent yourself in court.
Sadly, more and more people are finding themselves in this situation because they cannot get Legal Aid. They are not (and cannot be expected to be) legal experts so it slows up proceedings and creates a waiting list for court time – as the government is now discovering.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Hiring a divorce solicitor is not as expensive as you might think, especially if you use mediation to reduce the time and costs involved.
5. Children Arrangements For LGBT Couples Splitting Up
LGBT couples now enjoy virtually identical legal rights as mixed-sex couples following a series of landmark changes in the law.
But there is still room for further legal reform and this remains a complex area of the law.
Key to the children arrangements will be the question of the children’s legal parents. They may not be the biological parents.
Some of the family arrangements can be complex as well. More than one couple may be involved. Lesbian couples could have used a sperm donor to conceive; gay couples may have used a surrogate.
That donor or surrogate may wish to maintain contact with the child to see them develop – against the wishes of one or more of the other parents.
6. Sperm Donor Rights – Preconception Agreements
Legal disputes between lesbian couples and the sperm donors they use to conceive children are becoming more commonplace.
Taking out a proper legal preconception agreement can help to nip any legal wrangles in the bud before they become a serious issue.
Preconception agreements are similar to prenuptial agreements. In theory, they are not legally binding but in practice, courts find them a useful basis for an agreement…saving you time and money in the long run.
Book Your Free Family Law Advice Session
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For more information, contact Coles Miller Partner Richard Perrins, head of the Family Department, 01202 355698.