The family law team at Cooke Painter understands that whatever the nature of the relationship or family law issue that brings you to us, it is often an emotional, stressful and challenging time. Cooke Painter’s family law team will do our best to make the process as straight-forward as we can, by providing friendly, clear, expert advice, offering practical and realistic solutions.
Our experience and expertise will help you make informed decisions about your future, we will help you reach the outcome that is best for you and for your family.
With any relationship breakdown there can be a lot to consider, from making arrangements about children to resolving financial matters such as the properties, pensions and businesses. Sometimes it may seem overwhelming and that is where we can help by advising you about what needs to be undertaken and the best way to do it.
For more information please see our Family Law FAQ.
Our family law specialists can help you in the following areas;
- divorce and separation
- financial matters arising from divorce and separation
- children matters
- pre, postnuptial agreements and co-habitation agreements
- civil partnerships
- domestic violence
The financial side of any relationship breakdown can be the most challenging thing to resolve, especially at an upsetting and difficult time. It can seem like another pressure and source of stress but it is important to ensure that you do resolve it.
We can help you by advising you of the things to consider and work with you to achieve a fair financial agreement that you both feel satisfied with. This is often done through negotiation or attending mediation however the Court can assist if this becomes necessary.
Divorce is often a difficult time for those involved and here at Cooke Painter our job is to help you through this difficult time and provide expert advice whilst being friendly and approachable. We can deal with the divorce for you from beginning until the end and ensure things go smoothly so that you have one less thing to deal with at an emotionally demanding and stressful time. We can also deal with judicial separation and the dissolution of civil partnerships.
Provided couples have been married for more than one year then they can apply for a divorce. You have to cite one of the 5 facts in order to obtain a divorce and these are adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, 2 year separation with consent and 5 year separation. Usually it is possible to obtain a divorce without attending court and the divorce can be obtained within 6 months, however this may be longer where financial matters also need to be resolved.
We offer a fixed fee divorce package so that you know exactly what the costs will be and for those cases that are a little more complicated we can discuss the likely costs with you. Alongside the divorce we can also assist you in resolving financial matters and ensuring both are concluded in your best interests.
Call us on 0117 9777 403 to arrange a free 30 minute meeting where we can discuss your matter with you and outline how we can proceed in the best way for you.
Any relationship breakdown is a difficult time but even more so if there are children involved. At Cooke Painter we firmly believe that it is important to try and resolve maters as amicably as possible where there are children involved and as Resolution members, this is behind all the work that we do.
It is generally best for agreements to be reached about the children without resorting to Court as parents and carers know their children best. Sometimes the assistance of the Court is required and we can help with this if it becomes necessary, helping you to achieve a Child Arrangements Order setting out the arrangements regarding the children. We can also help with issues surrounding Parental Responsibility, Special Guardianship orders, Specific Issue and Prohibited Steps orders, removal from the jurisdiction and issues over holiday contact or change of a child’s surname
Pre-nuptial co-habitation agreements
It may not seem romantic but if you are going to live with someone and don’t plan on getting married or think that you may marry in the future, then you need to think about entering into a co-habitation agreement or a pre-nuptial agreement to ensure that in the unfortunate event of a relationship breakdown, you both know where you stand financially. You may be married and wish to regulate how you will divide assets in the event the marriage breaks down, this can be done with a post-nuptial agreement.
More people than ever now choose to live together without getting married and many people have their own assets that they wish to protect for themselves or for their family, for instance children from a previous relationship., in the event the relationship breaks down. It is important to ensure that any agreement is entered into correctly so that you can rely on it in the future should the need arise.
We can discuss with you what you wish to achieve and advise upon the best way to achieve this so as to protect you in the event of a relationship breakdown in the future. Contact us on 0117 9777 403 to arrange a free initial 30 minute consultation.
Domestic abuse can take many forms including physical violence, emotional or verbal abuse or controlling behaviour. None of them are acceptable. Here at Cooke Painter if you are suffering from domestic abuse from a partner, spouse or family member, we can provide you with confidential advice regarding your options. We can advise you about the powers the Court have and assist you in obtaining an injunction from the Court to protect yourself and your children if appropriate. If you are in immediate danger, call the police as they have designated domestic violence units who will be able to assist you.
As with any relationship, the breakdown of that relationship is usually a difficult time for both parties. We are here to help you to deal with the practicalities of that breakdown, giving you clear advice and to assist you in dissolving your civil partnership. The process of dissolving a civil partnership is similar to that of divorce, however the civil partnership is dissolved and adultery is not able to be used as the reason for the dissolution of the partnership. However if there has been adultery then unreasonable behaviour can be used instead. As with a divorce, civil partners are able to deal with financial provision for themselves and for any children of the family.
Contact us on 0117 9777 403 to arrange a free 30 minute appointment with one of expert solicitors to discuss your matter and how we can assist you.
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 offer a free 30 minute consultation where we can meet with you to discuss your case and the options available to you. Contact us to arrange an initial consultation.
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