Zeus Family Law Divorce Document

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Divorce

Obtaining a divorce is usually a decision that is made after much consideration and deliberation. You may be worried about the impact that divorce could have upon your financial assets including your family home, yours or your spouse’s pensions, savings and debts, to name a few. Many people also worry about the effect that divorce could have upon their children. Zeus Family Law pride ourselves on providing clear and straightforward advice to our clients, which is of the highest quality, and tailored to everyone’s individual needs, and therefore ensures we achieve the best outcome for all of our clients to enable you to move forward and look towards the future. We are committed to our clients and by understanding their needs, we are able to support you throughout the entirety of this process.

If you are considering divorce proceedings and seek legal advice, or need answers to questions such as those below, get in touch:-

  • What is the process involved in obtaining a divorce?
  • Does it make a difference whose fault the divorce is, or if only one of us wants a divorce?
  • How long will it take?
  • How much will it cost to get a divorce?
  • Who is responsible for these costs?

If you find yourself asking questions such as these, get in touch with our friendly family lawyers today. We are proud of providing clear and straightforward advice to our clients and will be able to assist you.

Financial Relief

When divorce proceedings are issued, it is imperative that financial matters between you and your spouse are resolved and finalised in an Order which is approved by the Court; otherwise, you and your spouse will still be able to make financial claims against each other irrespective of whether your Decree Absolute has been pronounced and you are legally divorced. This may mean considering what you are going to do with the family home and any jointly owned property or investments, your entitlements to each other’s pensions and whether maintenance will be payable.  There can also be complexities where inheritance, family loans or business assets are concerned, which need to be resolved.

At Zeus Family Law we will provide you with expert legal advice to enable you to consider all of your options and help you find a solution which meets the needs you consider to be important to you and your family, as well as being considered fair in the eyes of the law. We are frequently asked the following questions:-

  • What am I entitled to?
  • What will happen to my home? Will I have to sell this? Can I purchase another property and start again?
  • What if I have a short marriage, will I be entitled to anything?
  • Am I entitled to spousal maintenance?
  • Will I be able to keep my pension?
  • What if I don’t know how much money we have as my husband/wife was secretive where their money was concerned?
  • Will my husband/wife have a claim against my inheritance?

If you have questions relating to your matrimonial finances and want to know where you stand or what you are entitled to, get in touch with our experts today.

Children

When children are involved in a separation there is often another level of complexity.  Both parents want what is best for the children but sometimes that may result in different opinions. Sometimes it may be necessary to deal with that through the courts when parents cannot agree a matter between themselves, or where there is a simple disagreement as to what is in the children’s best interests.  We are experienced in dealing with such matters, however straightforward or complex you envisage these being.

Our team of leading family law experts focus on minimising any distress and resolve matters as successfully as possible whilst always considering the children’s best interests.

When people find themselves in a dispute about their children, they often ask themselves one or a few of the following questions:-

  • Who decides what happens to my children, and where they shall live?
  • Will child maintenance payments be payable and, if so, how much and how does this work?
  • What are my legal rights where my children are concerned?
  • Am I entitled to contact if the children are not living with me?
  • Can my ex-partner control the terms of the contact that I have to have with my child(ren) and use them as a way to control me now that we are separated?
  • Will child maintenance be payable? Can I afford the payments? Or what is my entitlement?
  • What do I do if there is a Court Order in place and my ex-partner is breaching this?
  • Am I entitled to take my child(ren) on holiday?
  • Can I change my child’s surname?
  • Do I have parental responsibility of my child and what does it mean if I have or haven’t?

If you find yourself asking questions such as these, get in touch with our friendly family lawyers today. We are proud of providing clear and straightforward advice to our clients and will be able to assist you in resolving disputes of this nature.

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Separation

There are so many issues which arise when a relationship ends, and it is often hard to keep on top of all the different decisions which will need to be made. These days, more couples than ever are bringing assets such as properties with them into a relationship but have no real idea what will happen if the relationship ends.

If you have separated from your partner or are considering doing so, and you want to know where you stand legally in respect of financial, children or any associating matters, contact our experts for advice.

Grandparents’ Rights

If you are a grandparent and would like advice do give us a telephone call or email to discuss. In modern times, grandparents have had a greater involvement in their grandchildren’s lives, than they did historically.

If you are a grandparent and you have been prevented from spending time with your grandchildren and want to know what your rights are, we can assist you. In recent years, the courts have become increasingly sympathetic to applications made by grandparents and therefore if you are concerned that your relationship with your grandchildren has become fragile and you just want to secure an arrangement so that you can see them, whether formal or informal, our expert can advise you of your options.

Advocacy

If it is not possible to reach an agreement, it may be necessary for court proceedings to be issued. Although the thought of attending court can be daunting, our experts are here to ensure that our clients feel fully informed and supported, so that this process is as smooth and stress free as possible. As we know our clients, we are often better placed to represent them at court. This provides our clients with the reassurance that their case will not be passed from pillar to post, but will be dealt with by the same solicitor throughout. Sophie Lougher is vastly experienced in representing clients within court proceedings. She always puts her client’s needs first to ensure she is able to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients in their individual circumstances.

If you require legal advice and/or representation in court proceedings, please get in touch as Sophie Lougher is an experienced advocate who can assist you, taking all the stress and worry about this away from you.

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Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney

Wills

It is extremely important to make a Will to ensure you have control over your assets, and decisions you want made upon your death, such as who your child(ren) should live with and who should benefit from your estate. To prevent the law from determining how your assets should be apportioned and to who, it is imperative that you consider making a Will whenever there is a substantial change to your personal circumstances, such as a divorce or separation.

A Will can also help reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax that might be payable on money or assets that you leave behind, including your property, depending upon the value of this. We pay enough tax in our lifetime, we certainly do not want our beneficiaries to lose out because we have to pay more upon our death.

At Zeus Family Law we prepare and execute Wills for our clients at a competitive fixed fee. If you want to enquire about this or arrange an appointment to discuss this with our experts, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

If you become unable to make decisions for yourself in the future, inevitably someone else will have to make these for you. A Lasting Power of Attorney is important as it enables you to appoint someone you trust to make these decisions for you so that you can have the assurance that any decisions made in respect of your health and welfare or your property and financial affairs will be made in your best interests.

At Zeus Family Law we also prepare Lasting Powers of Attorneys on a fixed fee basis. If you wish to obtain more information about this service or wish to have a Lasting Power of Attorney prepared, please contact us and we shall be happy to assist.

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