Our expert legal team is here to help whatever the circumstances. We aim to help you find settlement quickly and with as little disruption to your life, family, and finances as possible. Where possible, we avoid escalation and try mediation first. This is not always appropriate. In these circumstances, we will advise you on the best way forward, keeping your interests and those of any dependants at the heart of everything we do. We can offer support, advice and representation in the following areas:
Choosing to adopt is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child. However, the process can be long and complicated. Having dedicated and experienced legal support from the beginning can smooth the process and ensure that you and your circumstances are represented fairly.
Appeals to High Court
If you disagree with a court decision, you have the right to appeal. There are time limits on lodging appeals, and you will need an expert legal team that can provide evidence of why the court should overturn the original decision. We can advise you whether you have a case, how likely you are to win an appeal and provide representation at the High Court appeal.
Child Abduction and Custody
Taking a child from the parent who has legal custody, without their consent, or failing to return a child at an agreed time after visitation is child abduction. If you are unfairly accused of this or you believe your custody rights have been infringed, we can help. We can answer all your questions on child custody and child abduction. If the matter is taken to court, we can represent you and the child's best interests.
Cohabiting couples do have rights; however, they can differ from married couples' rights depending on the circumstances. If you are unclear of your rights as a cohabitee, we can provide answers and advice.
If you have separated from your spouse, you will need to legally define who owns what and how you will settle ongoing finance matters. This is most important where there is property, pensions or children involved. Consent orders are legal documents that define how everything from childcare to assets are divided. If such a document is not in place, your ex-spouse can make a future financial claim against you.
Divorce & Separation
Choosing to end a relationship is never easy, and worries about children, finance and property can make it harder. Even when the separation or divorce is amicable and there is little to divide, legal support is beneficial. It can guarantee fewer issues later and no misunderstandings when property and financial matters are settled.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, facing your abuser in court or needing to relive your experiences can be traumatic. Our experienced legal team will do everything they can to make the experience as stress-free as possible. Members of our team are explicitly trained to deal with such sensitive issues. If you have been accused of domestic abuse, we will work with you to get to the truth and aim for a fair and truthful outcome.
Family breakdown does not always need to result in lengthy and expensive court cases. Often financial, child custody and other family matters can be solved amicably with an impartial party's assistance. Our experience and expertise make us ideal for assisting in family mediation. Where you require legal representation during mediation, we can also be by your side, representing your interests and those of any children.
Deciding who is entitled to what when a relationship ends is not always straightforward. Many elements need to be considered, even when there are no dependants. Our team will work to get you the best settlement and to protect your interests. We will look at every aspect of the marriage or partnership and the effect that any change in circumstance would have on you and your future.
Whether you are the victim of harassment or have been accused of harassment, our dedicated legal team will work to get to the truth of the matter and provide you with fair and honest representation. We can be with you every step of the way, from reporting the crime or being taken in for questioning through to representing you in court.
Inherent Jurisdictions Matters
A superior court has jurisdiction to hear any matter brought before it unless doing so would break an existing rule. If you believe your matter needs to be heard by a higher court, we can take steps to take that matter before the court. It is one of the many rulings that ensures fairness and stops injustice in the court system.
If you have been a domestic abuse victim and the perpetrator was a partner or family member, you can apply for a non-molestation order to protect you and ensure they stay away from you. There are severe punishments for breaking such orders. If you would benefit from such an order, our team of experts can help. We will take you through the process and support you at every step.
Public Law Outline (PLO)
If your local authority deems it necessary to request a care or supervision order, there is a specific process that they must follow. The Public Law Outline ensures that the local authority upholds and follows the rules and keeps the child's interests at the heart of the process. If you do not believe your local authority has followed the PLO, we can take up your case and ask the right questions of those involved.
The 1996 Hague Convention
The articles of the 1996 Hague Convention must be taken into consideration whenever families and children's rights are in question. The Convention sets out to improve the international protection for children. If you feel that the actions of any authority undermine the Convention, we can help. Our legal team is well-versed in the Convention and can use their knowledge to support, guide, and advise you.
Wardship and Adoption
Cases involving wardship and adoption can be highly complex. Whether you are trying to stop an adoption or are adopting a child after being granted wardship, we can use our legal expertise to assist you.