The end of a civil partnership can be a very stressful time regardless of fault or blame. There will inevitably be many things to consider with the view of moving forward, especially if there are children, property and finances to factor in to the equation.
To begin the process of dissolution, certain eligibility checks will have to be done and passed to ensure you meet the pre-existing criteria. These include providing proof that you have been in a legally recognised civil partnership for at least one year, and that your relationship has broken down due to one of the following five grounds: either party has been unfaithful, acted with unreasonable behaviour, has deserted the household, you have been living apart for two years and neither side would contest the dissolution, or you have been living apart for five years where there is no option for contestation.
We engage in a non-confrontational, calm approach when dealing with your situation on your behalf and will negotiate with your partner and their law aide on any issues you are struggling with. In some cases, mediation may be proposed as an option before looking into court proceedings, however in situations where domestic violence has been encountered mediation will not be considered.
Stephens & Son solicitors in Chatham have an expertly trained family law team who will:
- check that you are eligible to apply for a dissolution and advise you on how to obtain a legal separation where the eligibility criteria are not met;
- complete the necessary paperwork;
- support you in making suitable arrangements and in resolving disputes about children;
- help you to apply for a parental responsibility in respect of a child you have cared for;
- help you to sort out financial matters and to resolve property disputes;
- advise you on making a will or updating an existing will;
- liaise with pension providers when required to split pension benefits;
- explain the options available to help you reach an amicable agreement, including family mediation or collaborative law; and
- vigorously represent your interest if any aspect of your dissolution ends up before the courts.
Advising families throughout Kent and beyond
We have offices in Chatham, Maidstone, Gravesend, Tonbridge and Tenterden where we can meet you to discuss your requirements.
We can also offer meetings by skype for clients who have to travel extensively or who now live abroad. In exceptional circumstances, home visits can also be arranged.
Fixed fees and costs
An initial 30 minute appointment to discuss your requirements can be arranged at £114 inc VAT and an initial 1 hour appointment can be arranged at £180 inc VAT.
After that we can arrange flexible payment terms, including monthly billing to help you budget.
Get in touch
Call us on 01634 811444 for any business related advice you need. Alternatively complete our contact us form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.