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Family Law Solicitors
Securing the future of your family and children is really important and at Taylor Fordyce we take this very seriously. Whether you are getting married, moving in with your partner or ending a relationship, we can make sure your needs and those of your loved ones are protected.
With many years of family law experience across our team, we can make navigating even the most complex family law matters easier on you and your loved ones. We have strong expertise in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) so can typically resolve most family law matters without the need for court action.
You may be facing a number of related issues, such as starting or responding to divorce proceedings, while also needing to sort out a financial settlement and arrangements for children. We will work closely with you to ensure every detail is taken care of and that we can get the best possible outcome for you.
We always keep in mind that this may be a very turbulent and difficult time in our clients' lives. Our advice is tailored to you, your circumstances and your priorities, and given in plain English with care, empathy and understanding.
Whatever your circumstances, having the best possible family law advice can help you to make those critical choices about your children, your business, your finances and your future.
Our family law services
We offer a full range of family legal advice and support, helping you to successfully navigate every stage of your relationship and the challenges that those different stages can present.
If you are going through a divorce or separation, it is understandable to feel confused and overwhelmed by the need to deal with both the emotional and practical fallout of the end of your relationship.
We can help you deal with every aspect of your divorce or separation, including starting or responding to divorce proceedings, dissolving a civil partnership, making a financial settlement and sorting out arrangements for your children.
Find out more about the various options for dealing with your divorce.
In many cases, we are able to offer a fixed-fee service for the straightforward aspects of divorce, such as filing or responding to a divorce petition or making a Consent Order to formalise your financial settlement.
Mediation is the most popular way to deal with the practical details surrounding divorce and separation, including financial settlements and arrangements for children. In mediation, you and your former partner will meet with a trained mediator, who acts as a neutral third-party to guide you through agreeing how to deal with any issues that need to be resolved.
We can help you secure workable arrangements for where your children will live and what contact each parent will have with them. In most cases, this can be done through mediation or other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods, however, we can also advise you on the use of court proceedings where appropriate.
Separating your finances from your former partner can be one of the most challenging aspects of relationship breakdown, but with the right approach and expert legal support, even the most complex finances can be successfully unravelled. We can advise you on all of the options, including making a voluntary settlement or using court proceedings, and our team have particular expertise with preservation of assets.
Find out more about the process for making a financial settlement.
Relationship planning & asset protection
When taking your relationship to the next level, whether through marriage, a civil partnership or moving in together, it makes sense to protect yourself against the possible end of your relationship.
This is especially true where you own a property, have a significant disparity in income or assets with your partner, or have children from a previous relationship whose inheritance you wish to protect.
A pre-nuptial agreement allows you to agree how your finances will be divided if your marriage ends in divorce. This can give both parties certainty and make the process much easier if you later divorce. A pre-nup can also clarify financial obligations during your relationship, such as how mortgage payments, bills and other costs will be divided.
If you are already married, you can create a post-nuptial agreement or ‘post-nup’. This allows you to get the same protection as a pre-nup if you did not make one or need to vary the terms of your existing pre-nup due to a change of circumstances.
We can also advise you on creating a similar agreement for civil partnerships known as a pre-civil partnership agreement or pre-registration agreement.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that if they live together without getting married, they are covered by the principle of ‘common law marriage’. However, there is no such thing and you will have no automatic right to each other’s property or to financial support if your relationship ends.
A co-habitation agreement allows you to set out what each party will be entitled to if you separate, creating clarity and peace of mind for the future.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of domestic abuse, we can help you take fast, effective action to protect your family. We can apply for a range of court orders and injunctions, helping to prevent your abuser from approaching you or your children and requiring them to leave your family home where necessary.
Our family law expertise
Elizabeth Walker is a Senior Solicitor in our Family Law team with nearly 30 years’ experience helping families to resolve their legal issues and has particular experience with financial settlements, including for High Net Worth individuals. Liz is accredited by the Law Society for Family Law and can also advise on Wills, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney, which often need to be reviewed during marriage or divorce.
Marianne Tyndall is a Solicitor in our Family Law team who has specialised in family law for over a decade and is a member of the family lawyer’s network Resolution. Marianne has experience with all areas of matrimonial law, from pre-nuptial agreements through to divorce and all matters associated with children during separation.
Taylor Fordyce is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal and professional standards.
Speak to our family law solicitors now
If you need clear, practical advice on divorce, relationship breakdown and any other area of family law, please get in touch with our expert family lawyers across Southern England now.
Finance Settlement procedure
What is best for you?
Outline of options for separating and divorcing couples