When advising clients, we consider the needs of the whole
family, particularly the children, and endeavour to minimise
conflict and encourage communication between separating partners.
Nevertheless, we also recognise that sometimes communication between separating parties is strained, or one party is uncooperative, and some cases need urgent court action.
In those cases, we will act quickly to initiate Court proceedings so that our clients do not waste their time and money on futile correspondence and so that cases don’t take years to resolve. We will act vigorously to protect your interests if important issues cannot be resolved by communication and reasonable discussion.
We will provide you with realistic and straightforward advice in such a way that you fully understand the proceedings and are in full control of the decisions you make.
We will deal with your case thoughtfully, professionally and with care.
We will keep you immediately informed of any developments in your case and will endeavour to return all your calls on the same day they are made.
Having a formal separation is important, so that you can move on with your life with the certainty that your former partner cannot make a claim against your assets years later or unilaterally change a parenting agreement.
You can separate from your partner, separate your assets and decide on parenting arrangements without getting a divorce, however you will still be legally tied to your former partner and cannot remarry. Divorce separates you legally and finally.
CHILDREN AND PARENTING
Parents often don’t know that they have not entirely reached agreement on parenting arrangements until disagreements arise on less regular situations, like an important family event that occurs on the other parent’s time, school holidays or Christmas. New blended families after one parent repartners may also complicate things.
Parenting Orders ensure that all circumstances are considered to minimise disagreements.
If you and your former spouse can reach agreement, it is quicker and more cost effective to contain that agreement in consent orders which are just as enforceable as a decision made by the court.
If you have been financially dependent on your spouse and cannot afford to support yourself, you may be eligible to receive spousal maintenance, which is a regular payment from your spouse.
Commencing a new relationship and concerned that they may be able to make a claim against your assets after a few years. There are agreements we can draft which will protect your current and future assets from claims made by partners.
BINDING FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS
Binding Financial Agreements can be used to protect your assets for claims against your partners, or for settling property matters quickly without having to file court documents.
They are particularly helpful for agreements which would not necessarily be accepted by the Courts.
If you have experienced domestic violence, whether during the relationship or after separation you may be able to prevent this violence by applying for an intervention order. Examples include verbal abuse and abusive emails or texts. Breaches of an intervention order are treated as a criminal offence.
CHILD SUPPORT AND CHILD MAINTENANCE
Often a child support assessment is unfair and can be overturned, particularly if the spouse is self-employed and is unreporting his/her income. Aberdeen Lawyers can provide advice on whether a child support assessment could be challenged.
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