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  • June 2017
    Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!


    The end of a relationship can be confusing and stressful.  To make matters worse, you have to sort out a variety of legal problems affecting your children, your living arrangements and long term financial future.  In our experience, you may be receiving a bewildering range of advice from well-meaning family and friends.

    The family team at Jackamans are all members of Resolution, the association for solicitors who practise family law.  Resolution encourages its members to support their clients in resolving their issues without unnecessary conflict.  Whether you’re married, cohabiting or in a civil partnership, our team can guide you through the decisions that need to be made. Almost inevitably there will be disagreement, but we will try to minimise conflict while putting your interests, and what you want to achieve, first.

    We can also help at the start of your relationship – whether with a cohabitation agreement, or a “pre-nup” before you marry.  In our experience, if you can discuss and agree your expectations of each other, this creates a strong foundation for a successful partnership – but it involves co-operation and compromise on both sides.  It is particularly important to specify your intentions if you’re buying a property together and one party is making a larger financial contribution than the other.

    You won’t necessarily like the advice that we give – after all we have to tell you what we think a court would order. Even if both sides want to avoid going to court, the acid test is what a judge is likely to order. Sometimes there has been domestic abuse – this includes not only violence but also emotional abuse and financially controlling behaviour. We can help you to obtain orders to protect you and other family members, to secure your sole occupation of the family home.  If you meet financial guidelines, you may qualify for legal aid if you have been subjected to domestic abuse.

    We can help with proceedings about children – ranging from residence and contact issues between separating parents, or for grandparents or other family members - through to care proceedings brought by the local authority.  Less commonly, you may need a court order to take your child abroad for a holiday, or for your new partner to have parental responsibility or adopt.

    We also understand that you may find it difficult to come in during normal office hours so, for the next three months, we will be offering evening and Saturday morning appointments on specific dates for initial “no obligation” advice.  We cannot do this as a drop in without an appointment.  First, we need to make sure that we aren’t already acting for your partner, and secondly we need to tell you what information to bring to make the best use of your time.

    For further information please call Ruth Jenkins on 01473 255591 or email ruth.jenkins@jackamans.co.uk.

    This article provides only a general summary and is not intended to be comprehensive.  Special legal advice should be taken in any individual situation.

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