Family Law is a specific area of law that focuses on family-related matters such as marriage, divorce, child custody and adoption, wills and inheritance to name a few. It can be a very sensitive area so you need to ensure the right people can assist and advise you.
In March 2014, same-sex couples were able to marry and from December 2014, civil partners were able to transfer their civil partnership to marriage. Family Law lawyers can assist couples in civil partnerships for several different matters such as formalising their relationship or ending the relationship.
Is there a difference between Divorce and an Annulment?
Many people believe these are the same thing because ultimately, they both end in the same result, a dissolution of marriage. However, there is a slight difference – a divorce will simply end the marriage, but an annulment acts as if the marriage never even happened. Family Law also looks after pre-nuptial agreements.
Mediation is a chance for couples to resolve or talk through any issues as a result of the breakdown of their relationship. Family mediation is much quicker, more cost-effective and not as stressful as taking the matter to court. If a couple has children to consider, mediation can be a less upsetting and damaging step because the children can see their parents working together amicably.
Child Arrangement and Child Arrangement Orders
Family Law lawyers usually have a dedicated team relating to children matters. These can be parenting plans, changes of names, Grandparent’s rights, step parent agreements, domestic abuse, child maintenance and many more. This area of law can be extremely sensitive and highly emotional, so having a dedicated and caring team is paramount.