Family Law

We are here for you whether you are just at the beginning of your journey and planning your future together or you have reached the point of relationship breakdown.

At any point, it is important to be able to have an open discussion in regards to your assets and plans with your respective other half. We can guide you through the complexities of family life, from the start of a relationship to dealing with the tiresome pitfalls of separation.

When children are involved, their interests need to be put first and we will help you to achieve that.

We are dedicated to push boundaries when it comes to the best interest of our clients. You are in good hands at LF Legal. 

Our Services

  • Pre and post nuptial agreements
  • Divorce
  • Judicial separation
  • Ending a civil partnership
  • Cohabitation
  • Financial claims and settlement

        

Pre and post nuptial agreements

A couple can enter into an agreement prior to tying the knot or afterwards and would determine if it is the so-called ‘prenup’ or ‘post nup’. Both agreements however specify the financial settlement the couple is to reach should their relationship break down. Although such agreements are quite common in other jurisdictions, under the current laws of England and Wales they are not legally binding and therefore specialist guidance is required.

Divorce

If you are contemplating divorcing your other half, it is important to understand that divorce is not always what we expect it to be. Unfortunately, quite often a majority of people misunderstand how separating and divorce works, which can cause additional stress and difficulty. Being aware of what the process entails from the outset is very helpful.

Divorce can be a lengthy process. If you can accept this fact, you already disburden some of the extra stress as your next few months, or even years, might drag out in the open without you having any certainty what the future will look like.

If you thought divorce was one process you would undergo, you are likely to be wrong. Most will undergo three separate processes:

  1. Ending the marriage as such (the divorce itself);
  2. Splitting up assets and properties (if you have any); and,
  3. Making arrangements for any children.

These three elements are three separate processes but quite often take place simultaneously.

We are here to provide our guidance and support so you can keep your calm throughout the process.

Ending a civil partnership

Civil partnership was initially introduced for same-sex couples who wanted protection akin to marriage but since 2018, it is also available to mixed-sex couples who find the institution of marriage archaic. Ending your civil partnership is a process very similar to divorce.

Cohabitation

As unfair as it might seem, the law does not actually recognise a “common law marriage” as quite often referred to by cohabiting couples. Too many times, it comes as a surprise to such couples that on the breakdown of their relationship they are not afforded the same rights as would arise from a divorce. We therefore strongly recommend you obtain legal advice at the very outset on your rights, especially if children are involved.

Financial claims and settlement

If you are facing divorce or separation you require the experience and expertise of a knowledgeable family practitioner who can ascertain your financial disclosure and personal circumstances to give a realistic outlook as to what can be achieved. We are here to provide an expert advice and solutions best suited to your circumstances.

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Information about our own complaints process, raising concerns to the Legal Ombudsman and to us

We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure here. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic. 

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

What do to if we cannot resolve your complaint

The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.

Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:

  • Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint; and,
  • No more than six years from the date of act/omission; or
  • No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.
  • If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them.

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