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Turning complex situations into positive outcomes
Legal situations involving family are often stressful, emotional periods of life. At Andrew & Andrew Solicitors, it is our priority to relieve this burden, address the complex situation, allowing a smooth transition by both parties.
Our extensive experience covers all corners of family law, advising and representing a wide range of private clients who have required reliable, personal support that delivers positive results. This includes young families (whether married or not) where assets are entwined, or you may even live abroad and much more.
Helping all aspects of conveyancing
Whether you are seeking divorce proceedings, civil dissolution proceedings, nullity or a judicial separation – we are here to help.
We advise parents, carers and other family members in all private law proceedings involving young people.
Support for those who are commencing a divorce, dissolution or separation and require mediation or negotiation.
Support for cohabitants that have purchased, are purchasing or share a home together.
Why use Andrew & Andrew Solicitors?
Our family solicitors in Hampshire deal with cases timely, with the utmost privacy, respect and sensitivity. It is our personal approach to achieving constructive outcomes that have enhanced our reputation within this area of law.
You are guaranteed our support at every stage of the process. You are free to contact our team at any time, and have any worries or questions answered.
We encourage the resolution of matters by considering the needs of the whole family and, as a priority, the best interests of the children.
Family Law FAQs
There are no longer any grounds for divorce following the introduction of no-fault divorces which came into effect in England and Wales on 6th April 2022. A no-fault divorce allows couples to obtain a divorce without the need to outline the bad behaviour of their spouse or prove fault. The process begins by filing an application for divorce and paying the appropriate court fee. An application for divorce can be obtained jointly or individually.
Once the divorce application has been issued, there is a minimum period of 20 weeks before individuals may apply for the conditional order of divorce. Following the conditional order of divorce being granted by the Court, the parties must wait a further 6 weeks before the Court can make a final order, which brings the marriage to an end.
This process may take longer if you wish to also obtain a financial remedy order as part of the divorce.
No, a husband or wife cannot refuse to accept the divorce application following the changes that were made to the divorce process on the 6th April 2022. The new rules allow either party to end the marriage without the need to prove fault, meaning that the decision to end the marriage can be made unilaterally without the consent of the other party. The spouse who does not want to go through with the divorce cannot legally prevent the other spouse from proceeding except in extremely limited circumstances.
The cost of a divorce will vary depending on the individual facts of your situation. Solicitors charge an hourly rate for legal work. If you would like to know more information about how much your divorce could cost you, please contact our family department.
As there are only very limited grounds in which a divorce can be legally prevented, it is very unlikely that you will be required to attend Court.
It is strongly recommended that the parties obtain a financial agreement as part of their divorce or dissolution. The main benefits of a financial remedy order include:
- Certainty – The order provides a final and binding legal agreement that sets out the terms of the financial settlement. This provides certainty regarding what assets each party will receive, and what level of financial support will be provided.
- Financial Security – A financial remedy order can ensure that both parties have a reasonable standard of living after the divorce and can provide for the financial needs of any children involved.
Protection – The order can provide protection for parties against future financial claims from their ex-spouse.
Enforceability – The order can be enforced by the Court, ensuring that both parties comply with their financial obligations.
- Avoiding Conflict – A financial remedy order can help avoid disputes over financial matters, as it provides a clear financial settlement that both parties have agreed to or the Court has imposed that.
Cohabiting couples do not have the same legal protection as married couples, however they may have some rights, such as the right to occupy the home they share and certain claims on joint assets. If one of the parties does not own a share of the property, they will have to prove that they have financially contributed to the property to establish a beneficial interest. This is often quite complicated and normally with other factors, therefore it is strongly recommended that you seek legal advice if you are in this position.
Cohabiting couples can create a financial arrangement known as a cohabitation agreement. This agreement can set out how they intend to deal with their finances, property and assets in the event of separation. A successful cohabitation agreement can mean that areas of potential dispute upon separation can be reduced or removed completely.
A child arrangement order is a legal document issued by a Court that sets out who a child will live with, spend time with, or have contact with following separation. The Court can also consider arrangements for holidays and special occasions as well as deal with specific issues such as decisions on schooling, religion and healthcare.
The Court is also able to stop an individual taking a decision regarding a child’s upbringing without the consent of everyone with parental responsibility. This is called a prohibited steps order and an example would be stopping a parent relocating a child outside of the local area without consent.
A non-molestation order is a type of legal injunction that is issued by a Court to protect an individual who is being harassed, threatened, or subject to domestic violence. It is designed to prevent the abuser from contacting or coming near the victim, their children, and/or their home.