Divorce and Separation
Our divorce and separation solicitors in Horsham will guide you through your options if you are separating from your spouse/partner and the court process is just one of them. Within the Horsham team, we have mediators and collaborative lawyers who are also expert family law solicitors, who can provide you with alternative dispute resolution options, such as mediation and the collaborative process. These alternatives are effective ways of resolving family law issues that don’t involve the court process.
Our specialist solicitors understand the impact a divorce has on the whole family and work with other experts, for example, counsellors and family consultants, to minimise the emotional impact this time in your lives has on individual members of the family.
We understand the financial issues that may arise during your divorce or separation and work with you to establish the best outcome for you and your family. Again, we encourage the use of mediation and the collaborative process to resolve matters without the need for court intervention. We also work with independent advisors, such as financial advisors and pension experts, to ensure a practical and cost-effective solution is achieved.
Our specialist family solicitors in Horsham will work with you to establish a way forward that is in the best interests of the children in the family following a divorce, separation or dissolution, this can include where the children live and who they see and when. These sorts of arrangements are often (incorrectly) referred to as ‘child custody’, however in reality there is no such legal term.
Going through any relationship breakdown is a very emotional time and agreeing how and when parents may each spend time with their children will be at the forefront of parents’ minds. Fortunately, most parents are able to agree the arrangements for their children without too much difficulty by talking and finding a solution together. This may be with assistance from a third party such as a mediator or within the collaborative process. If this is not the case we can work with you on making an application to the court for an order, including a Child Arrangement Order.
As well as helping with child arrangements after a divorce or separation, our team can also help with child relocation issues, such as if you or your ex-partner are planning to move abroad or elsewhere in the UK with your child(ren). We will work with you on what you need to do next whether it’s you moving away or your co-parent planning to move away with your child(ren).
When a couple chose to live together or cohabit, as some people refer to it, and not get married they do not have the same rights as married couples. We can assist with cohabitation agreements, which address what would happen in the event the relationship was to break down, for example, if a property was owned the cohabitation agreement would consider how would this be dealt with. We can also help with resolving issues, such as those involving children or finances if the relationship breaks down without a cohabitation agreement in place.