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When it comes to family matters we understand that you need a discrete and sensitive approach. Our friendly, professional team is on hand to help answer all your questions.

Taking the first steps

You can visit us for an initial interview, giving you the opportunity to find out where you stand and what will happen if you choose to take any action.

Our highly experienced team will give you practical, jargon-free advice to help you to resolve issues quickly and fairly.

We regularly advise on a range of family issues, including:

  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Child law (such as contact and residence disputes)
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Financial issues (such as pension sharing orders)

For more information please contact Jean Fraser on 0117 977 7403 or see our Family Law FAQ below.

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How much does the initial interview cost?

Your initial interview costs £50 + VAT. Should you then instruct us to act on your behalf this amount will be taken into account when producing our final bill.

Do you accept work funded through Legal Aid?

We are currently not able to accept work funded through Legal Aid.

How do I go about getting a divorce?

To get a divorce you must have a valid marriage, recognised by UK law, have been married for at least one year and your marriage must have irretrievably broken down.

If both parties agree to the divorce you can go through the process of filing the appropriate papers with the court. Your solicitor will complete paperwork on your behalf.

What are grounds for divorce?

When applying for a divorce you will have to give the grounds that have led to the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. The five grounds for divorce are:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • 2 years' separation (both parties agree to divorce)
  • 5 years' separation
  • Desertion

The most common grounds for divorce is 'unreasonable behaviour'.

How long does a divorce take?

The length of time a divorce takes will depend on the speed with which both parties can agree the terms of the divorce. In a straight-forward case where neither party contests any of the terms it will typically take 4-6 months. Any disagreements or delays can add significantly to this timeframe.

How much will a divorce cost?

This depends on the complexity involved and whether the position is amicable or not. For an immediate response please contact Jean Fraser in our Knowle office on 0117 9777 403 or email j.fraser@cps-sols.co.uk

What is an annulment?

An annulment is a legal term for declaring a marriage null and void. The marriage is considered to be invalid, as if it had never taken place. You can apply to the court to have your marriage annulled by filing a 'nullity petition'.

What is mediation?

Mediation can help you and your partner come to an agreement to settle your issues and concerns such as financial and childcare arrangements without going to court.

You will meet with a mediator, an impartial person, who will listen to your concerns and give you legal information. If they believe that you need the advice of a solicitor they will let you know.

What is a pre-nuptial agreement?

A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract that you sign before you get married to agree what will happen to individual and joint assets, should the marriage break down.

Are pre-nuptial agreements legally binding?

Technically; no. Pre-nuptial agreements are not legally binding in the UK, but they can be used by the court in the event of a divorce. However, courts are now paying more and more attention to the terms of pre-nuptials agreements and are, in effect, binding, unless they are considered to be either invalid or unfair.

What is a cohabitation agreement?

When a married or civil partnered couple ends their relationship there is a formal process that they need to go through. Cohabiting couples, i.e. a couple that lives together, have no formal process which can make things more complicated and stressful.

A cohabitation agreement can help set down some guidelines for the things that are most important to you and your partner and cover things like financial arrangements, property and disputes.

What is a 'Common Law' marriage?

There is no such thing! There has been talk of it in Government, but as it stands co-habitees don't have any particular rights.

How much does a cohabitation agreement cost?

A cohabitation agreement varies in complexity depending on a number of factors, such as the relationship between the parties. This is something that can be established from the outset in your discussions with your solicitor.

Do you have more questions?

Please contact Jean Fraser on 0117 9777 403, or by emailing j.fraser@cps-sols.co.uk and we will be happy to arrange an initial consultation to help answer your questions.

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