The end of a civil partnership relationship, whatever the reasoning for it, is an emotional time for all involved. There may be many things to consider moving forward such as financial arrangements, property distribution, business relationships and children to name a few. Enlisting the help of a family law solicitor to help work out the fine details and the best way forward can give the dissolution the best chance of ending amicably and fairly, in a timely and cost conscious manner.
Before anything can progress, checks will need to be conducted and evidence submitted to show that you have been legally recognised as a civil partnership for a minimum of one year and that you have decided to separate under one of the five accepted categories. These are adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, living apart for more than two years and both parties agree to dissolution, or living apart for more than five years with no intention to reconcile.
Bailey & Cogger of Tonbridge have an hugely experienced family law team who will:
- check that you are eligible to apply for a dissolution and advise you on how to obtain a legal separation where the eligibility criteria are not met;
- complete the necessary paperwork;
- support you in making suitable arrangements and in resolving disputes about children;
- help you to apply for a parental responsibility in respect of a child you have cared for;
- help you to sort out financial matters and to resolve property disputes;
- advise you on making a will or updating an existing will;
- liaise with pension providers when required to split pension benefits;
- explain the options available to help you reach an amicable agreement, including family mediation or collaborative law; and
- vigorously represent your interest if any aspect of your dissolution ends up before the courts.
Mediation can be considered as an initial starting block for discussions between the two individuals concerned, however it is important to note that in situations involving domestic violence this will absolutely not be pursued.
Advising families throughout Kent and beyond
We can also offer meetings by skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.
Fixed cost initial appointment / Legal aid
We offer an initial appointment to discuss your requirements. Legal aid may also be available in certain cases and is normally always available for defending care proceedings and taking steps to protect against domestic violence or child abuse.
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Call us on 01732 353305 if you need our help. Alternatively please complete our Contact Us form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.