Divorce and Family
We aim to ease the emotional pressures that divorce brings with a speedy and cost effective solution.
The breakdown of a marriage, civil partnership, or a relationship is a very difficult time for all concerned. However, even when legal help is the last thing on a client’s mind, it is still important to seek professional advice at an early stage. We aim to relieve some of the emotional pressures through a speedy and cost effective resolution. Our reputation in this area is particularly strong.
Our Family Law Department provides sympathetic advice in cases involving:
- Pre-Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements
Following a relationship breakdown, there are often difficult decisions to be made about children, money and property. To help them reach those decisions, some couples find it helpful to attend mediation. This involves the couple meeting in a neutral venue, where an independent mediator will assist them in identifying issues to be discussed, exploring possible options and moving towards a mutually acceptable solution.
If a relationship has broken down irretrievably, it is important that the financial and other consequences of the breakdown are set out in a formal negotiated Agreement. This can avoid the delay and expense of court proceedings.
When a client wishes to raise divorce proceedings, we aim to complete the action as swiftly and as painlessly as possible. If there are no children or financial issues involved, and the parties have lived apart for the relevant period, it may be possible to apply for a divorce under a simplified procedure. Should a divorce action be raised against a client, we will advise that client on how it should be dealt with and take appropriate steps to protect the client’s interests.
When a relationship between parents breaks down, the first thoughts are usually for the children. We offer a specialist and sympathetic service to children of all ages. We have expertise in advising and representing children both in the course of negotiations out of court and, if necessary, in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session.
Pre-Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements
As well having expertise in all aspects of married couples, civil partners, and cohabitees, and the children of these relationships, we also offer specialist advice on pre-nuptial and cohabitee agreements to safeguard existing assets and protect against problems that might arise when couples choose to live together.