Relationships

At Clarke & Son, our family law solicitors are experienced in representing and advising individuals in a range of legal issues regarding relationships.

Our Family Law services cover all different aspects of a relationship from starting it in the right way and ending it in a professional manner. Our expert team can help you with:

  • Civil Partnerships & same-sex families
  • Divorce and Dissolution
  • Prenuptial and cohabitation agreements
  • Domestic Violence

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Our Family Law team are on hand to assist with a range of relationship enquiries, get in touch to book an appointment.

Civil Partnerships

We can advise same-sex families on all aspects of family law including Civil Partnerships.  Our team of experienced solicitors can help with cohabitation agreements and civil partnership agreements. Therefore we can advise both biological and non-biological parents. 

The advice we give is in relation to parental responsibility, residence and contact, in the context of same sex families. Above all our advice is tailored to your family’s needs.

We offer expert advice on:

  • cohabitation and civil partnership agreements
  • dissolution of civil partnerships
  • dissolution or annulment of same-sex relationships
  • financial remedies for same-sex families
  • parental responsibility for biological and non-biological parents
  • international movement of children

Divorce and Dissolution

Divorce, dissolution or separation can be very stressful. You should make sure you have all the information and support you need.  There will be many issues to consider and resolve not least of which include sorting out the finances and arrangements for the children.  This can become an additional stress during this time.

Divorce follows a chronological process with various forms being completed and sent to court. We can help you with this and will explain exactly what is required.  Just as with divorce, there is a particular legal process for ending a civil partnership – often known as civil partnership dissolution.

We can also help you with

  • Financial settlements and spousal maintenance
  • Child maintenance
  • Child residence
  • Commencing or responding to formal divorce proceedings based upon unreasonable behaviour, adultery, desertion or periods of separation based upon two or five years — the five facts that can prove the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage.
  • Defending formal divorce proceedings based upon the five facts above
  • Jurisdictional issues
  • Religious divorces, including obtaining an Islamic talak or a Jewish gett
  • Annulments of marriages
  • Less formal separation arrangements including the drafting of separation agreements
  • Less formal judicial separation proceedings

Prenuptial and Cohabitation Agreements

Planning a wedding/ civil partnership or moving in together is an exciting time for a couple.  You have your whole future ahead of you and you may wonder what unexpected twists and turns life might bring and what you can do to prepare for them.

When planning such momentous life events it’s a good idea to discuss with your partner and agree in advance how you hold your current (and future assets) and what would be a fair split of them in the future.

It is always best to draft these agreements before the wedding or moving day to give you plenty of time to get the agreement right.  It will also ensure that the agreement will be looked on more favourably by the courts than an agreement that has been put together at the last minute.  We will discuss with you your wishes and goals and explain how the law would apply to your specific situation, in particular, addressing:

  • Dealing with the family home and other assets
  • Children matters, including child support, child residence and other provisions for children
  • Support and financial provision for the children of the family
  • Financial settlements
  • Inheritance claims
  • Incapacitation and end-of-life decisions
  • The preparation of the agreements and the consequences of signing it

Domestic Violence

If you are in a relationship where you feel threatened or are with a violent or abusive partner, it can be daunting asking for help.  But it’s important not to suffer in silence – speak to someone you can trust and obtain legal advice about the options available to you. 

We can help you with:-

  • Obtaining and applying Non Molestation Orders
  • Obtaining and applying Occupation Orders
  • Financial settlements
  • Arrangements for the Children

Family Law Team

Head of Family Department
Family Law Solicitor
Assistant to Family & Dispute Resolution Department
Legal Secretary

Contact Details

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about one of our services, please fill in the enquiry form below and one of the team will get back to you.