CH-R Family Solicitors advise on all aspects of family law including:

Divorce
Separation
Financial settlements for married couples
Disputes about children
Financial settlements for unmarried couples
Pre and post nuptial agreements
Cohabitation agreements
Dissolution of a civil partnership
Variation and enforcement
Mediation
Emergency relief
International Law

Divorce

Divorce is the legal process which ends a marriage. If there is to be a divorce it is quite likely that decisions will also need to be made about financial matters and arrangements for the children.

Separation There are people for whom a separation is a more appropriate course of action than a divorce (either in the short term or on a more permanent basis). We can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of separation with you and negotiate the terms of a Separation Agreement.

Financial settlements for married couples

On divorce or after a separation it is very likely that there will be some form of financial settlement. The financial implications can be the greatest concern for individuals contemplating divorce or separation. We can advise on the different options available, both in terms of what the financial settlement might be and how you and your spouse can conclude a financial agreement. We are very experienced at dealing with cases with complex assets and issues.

Disputes about children

When a couple separates decisions will need to be made about the care of the children (where they will live and how their time will be divided). We can advise on how best these decisions can be made, and can assist if the parents are unable to reach a consensus. We also have extensive experience of advising clients in relation to specific issues - for example seeking the Court's permission to take a child permanently out of the jurisdiction, or defending such an application by the other parent. We also help clients resolve educational disputes such as whether a child should board or where a child should be educated. We share the Court's view that the needs of any children will always be paramount, and this is the focus to our advice.

Financial settlements for unmarried couples

The law in relation to separating unmarried couples is very different to the law in relation to those going through a divorce. We can advise on the potential claims which can be made and how a settlement can be negotiated.

Pre and post nuptial agreements

A pre or post nuptial agreement is an agreement entered into by a couple either before or after their marriage which sets out what the financial arrangements would be in the event of a divorce or separation. They are becoming increasingly influential and can be an extremely helpful way of preserving wealth, and also avoiding the potential for lengthy and costly litigation in the event that the marriage breaks down in the future. We can advise on whether such an agreement is appropriate and then negotiate the terms and draft the agreement.

Cohabitation agreements

If a couple intends to live together without marrying a cohabitation agreement can be a very helpful way of detailing the financial arrangements between the parties, avoiding uncertainty and ensuring that both parties are clear about their expectations.

Dissolution of a civil partnership

The law surrounding the breakdown of a Civil Partnership is similar to the law surrounding the breakdown of a marriage, but not identical. If a civil partnership is to be dissolved it is very likely that decisions will need to be made about financial arrangements and the arrangements for any children of the relationship.

Variation and enforcement

In certain circumstances it is necessary to revisit the arrangements made previously, either because they need to be varied, or because one party has not complied with their obligations. We can advise on all the steps that need to be taken.

Mediation

The process of mediation involves an independent, trained mediator helping couples to find solutions to issues arising on divorce or separation. The process can be extremely helpful for many people, and we will consider with you from the outset whether mediation might be appropriate and refer you to someone who can help. Both Claire and Daisy are trained mediators, and we can act as mediators for you and your partner/spouse provided that we have not advised either one of you as a solicitor.

Emergency relief

There are times when a client needs emergency relief from the Court (either in relation to domestic violence or financial matters).  We can advise on all the necessary steps that need to be taken and obtain Court Orders at short notice where necessary. 

International law

We have extensive experience of international divorce and can offer advice at the outset as to whether England is an appropriate place to commence divorce proceedings. We work with many international lawyers who will be able to work with us whether in relation to contested jurisdiction issues dealing with foreign assets or enforcement of Court Orders.