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Steering our clients through the upset anger and acceptance of the situation

Unfortunately more than half the marriages in Britain now end in divorce.

And, if it’s happening to you, you’re not odd, you’re not unusual and you’re certainly not alone. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be worrying about the future, frightened about finances, concerned for your home and worried about your children.

Marriage sets up a complex web of relationships and making a decision to leave a marriage is the hardest thing someone may ever do.

Steering our clients through the upset anger and acceptance of the situation is an essential part of our job.

The law in this area is complex and rapidly changing to reflect society’s changing social mores and lifestyle choices. You may wish to instigate proceedings to end an unsatisfactory relationship or be on the receiving end of a divorce petition from your partner.

Whatever the situation, Reeds Solicitors offer a range of services to help. Please click on the section most relevant to you in the services section.section most relevant to you in the services section.

Civil Partnerships & Same Sex Marriages

The latest statistics show that 42% of marriages will end in divorce. The divorce process in England and Wales is based on the marriage having irretrievably broken down. If the couple wish to get divorced immediately, this will require their divorce to be the fault of one party, either through their adultery or unreasonable behaviour. In the alternative, it is possible to divorce after two years or 5 years of living apart.

The law for the separation of assets and income for unmarried couples in England and Wales is much misunderstood. There is a widely held view that the longer the relationship lasts the greater the entitlement to assets and income of the other person in the relationship and that couples can become “common law” spouses and so benefit from the standard divorce claims on separation. Neither of these are true.

In order to show that you have entered into the agreement of your own free will and that you have understood the implications of signing the document it is important that both parties instruct separate solicitors to advise them and draft the agreement otherwise the court will have good reason not to uphold the agreement. The agreement must also be completed more than 3 weeks before marriage.

Mediation is a means of sorting out any problems you may have when your relationship breaks down with the assistance of a mediator. The mediator facilitates a discussion between the parties but does not give legal advice during the meetings. You are therefore expected to have your own solicitor to advise you during the mediation process.

The collaborative family law process is a relatively new way of dealing with family disputes. Each person appoints their own lawyer but instead of conducting negotiations between you and your partner by letter or phone you meet together to work things out face to face.

The current reputation of the discretionary system of separation of assets and income on divorce in England and Wales is that it is amongst the most generous to the spouse who has not created the wealth directly or brought assets into the marriage.

It is often assumed, wrongly, that any business interests, owned by one partner or owned jointly, do not form part of the marital pot. In many cases, they do. Equally, it is often assumed that the business will have to be sold once the relationship has broken down. In most cases, it does not. We are highly experienced in dealing with relationship breakdown where businesses and business assets are involved.

Pensions can often be the biggest asset in a divorce and so it is important that they are dealt with in the most effective way.

We often advise on the sharing of large pension funds on divorce which can involve complex legal issues.

We have recently been instructed on a number of international divorce cases and work closely with foreign lawyers particularly in relation to foreign orders and enforcement of orders made in this country against ex-spouses who live outside of the UK.

In addition, we can advise on the implications of any international issues relating to divorce.

Due to the fact that we only specialise in Family Law we deal with a variety of complex cases. If you are not happy with the order the Judge has made following a final hearing and your Barrister has advised you that you may be successful in overturning that decision if you appeal then we are experienced in dealing with this for you.

Reports suggest that divorce rates of those in the armed forces are now around double that of civilian couples due to the strain that service life places on the armed forces and their families.

We have experience of dealing with armed forces personnel going through relationship breakdowns and are familiar with the services systems and procedures.

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