We appreciate that coping with the process of separation and divorce is emotionally one of the hardest things you will ever experience. The implications such as the effects of divorce on children and resolution of financial issues are additional concerns that we will seek to prevent.
We offer support and advice for our clients in the following areas:
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Frequently Asked Questions
A: Child Law Partnership takes the issue of domestic violence very seriously. If you think your spouse will react violently towards you when given divorce papers, there are steps that we can take to protect you and the children. In such circumstances, we can apply to the court for a Non-Molestation Order (commonly known as an Injunction). This will prohibit your spouse from using or threatening violence towards you and the children. Where appropriate, the order can prevent your spouse from coming near your home, place of work and children’s schools.
Where necessary, you can obtain an application without your spouse’s knowledge. We would time the application to coincide with issuing your divorce petition. Your spouse will then get the injunction order at the same time. A breach of an injunction order is a criminal offence. The police would have the power to arrest your spouse and charge them if he or she breaches the terms. We would liaise with you throughout this process to work out the best way of ensuring safety.
A: Generally the Court will not make a decision regarding the children unless there is a dispute between you. It is best if you can come to an agreement outside of the Court with the child’s best interests taken into consideration. If an application is made by one parent, the Court may decide which parent the child will live with and the time the child will spend with the other parent.
A: This is a complex issue with many factors to consider; including the length of your marriage, financial contributions during the marriage, your needs, and the overall financial assets.
A: If you entered into a same-sex marriage, your case will be treated identically to a heterosexual couple.
A: Please do not hesitate to contact one of our offices. We can talk you through the next steps and book an initial consultation. We have offices situated in Basingstoke, Guildford, Southampton and Salisbury.