Family Law

Family difficulties are one such unforeseen issue that is becoming very common in society today. Whatever your problem, however grave and complicated it may seem, we are family law solicitors who are here to stand by your side and help you every step of the way.

Our team compromises of highly experienced and skilled solicitors who are always on hand to guide and support you throughout the process.

The approach that our Family/Child Care team adopt is both empathetic and non-judgmental. We are simply there to guide you through the legal process to achieve the best possible resolution for your particular circumstances. Due to our multi-cultural team we are able to understand and accommodate the sociocultural issues that often accompany the breakdown of a relationship. As we have a culturally diverse client base, we frequently handle cases that involve international elements of Family and Child Care Law.

DIVORCE/ANNULMENTS / CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS – DISSOLUTIONS

Divorce is one of the most stressful experiences in life – and whether you are considering separation divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, it is essential to take expert legal advice to make sure that not only is your divorce amicable, but property and assets are protected for you and your children.

We understand that when a relationship breaks down you need the support of experts, who understand the emotional stress that you may be facing. We will provide you with the best possible advice and representation and access to the highest calibre legal expertise without extravagant costs, because we know that when you need our legal advice and assistance, you will want an effective and cost-efficient service.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic violence and/or harassment can be extremely upsetting and damaging. We understand how difficult situations involving domestic abuse can be, and therefore how imperative it is to obtain the necessary protection for yourself and your children at the earliest opportunity. We can help you obtain injunctions and occupation orders to safeguard you from any further harm.

Next, you should contact us at Stirling Ackroyd Legal. We are able to offer an emergency service for people suffering from domestic violence and abuse. We will assess all clients as to their eligibility for legal aid for this assistance. If legal aid is not available we can often assist on a fixed fee basis.

FINANCIAL, PROPERTY, AR

We are able to provide expert advice in all cases; whether you have had a short marriage with limited financial assets or a lengthy marriage with significant financial resources. We also consider other factors including but not limited to children, you and your spouse’s respective health, current incomes and future earning abilities, the existence of pre-nuptial or post nuptial agreements, pre-marital assets, housing needs, overall fairness and how a court approaches the division of matrimonial assets.

Our expert lawyers can advise on all matters relating to the financial cases, including but not limited to mediation, court proceedings and the recovery of undeclared asset disposals.

CHILDREN/CHILD ARRANGEMENT ORDERS/INTERNATIONAL ABDUCTION

CHILDREN

Disputes about children can happen at any time, irrespective of whether you are married or not. Children tend to be central to the separation process as it’s important that the needs of the young people caught up in that are put first. We can help you explore ideas and make decisions that will work for you and your family.

Whether matters relating to your child are dealt with in conjunction with the divorce process if you are married or simply upon separation if you are not married, you shall have the same legal remedies.

We encourage our client’s to explore out of court of resolutions, as it is important for parents to reach a swift agreement amicably.

However there are circumstances which will require you to act quickly and issue court proceedings to ensure that your rights and those of the child are not abused. We are here to advise you on all matters and we have an emergency service where our expert lawyers can advise on all matters

PRENUPS AND POST NUPS/COHABITATION AGREEMENTS

These agreements will bring you peace of mind in the eventuality of a marriage breakdown.

A pre-marital or pre-nuptial agreement is a document entered into between two people who intend to marry and wish to regulate, organise and plan their legal position in the event of marriage breakdown.

Presently pre-marital agreements are not binding in this jurisdiction and cannot tie the hands of the Court in any subsequent divorce. Our expert lawyers can help ensure any agreements entered into, are prepared so that they can be recognised by the English Courts.

MEDIATION

Mediation is an alternative method to resolving issues and coming to mutual agreements without the need to go to court. Mediation is a platform that allows one to let out all the built up tension without fear of being judged. At Stirling Ackroyd Legal, we have accredited and qualified mediators who can assist parties reach mutual agreements in any aspects of family law; be it divorce, children or financial arrangements.

Mediation is considered one of the most amicable and cost effective ways to reach a settlement out of court. Once an agreement is reached, we will ensure our expert lawyers help formalise such agreements into Consent Court Order, which wil be legally binding on all parties.

COHABITATION AGREEMENTS

Many couples now decide to live together before entering marriage or a civil partnership – and while living together may seem like a flexible but secure arrangement, it can be fraught with legal complications and misunderstandings if the relationship breaks down or a couple living together decide to separate.

The most common misconception about cohabiting is that the parties are protected by “common law” if they separate and property will be shared equally as if they were married.

This is not correct, however – as “common law spouses” are not recognised in law.

This means that one partner can end up being homeless if their name is not on the deeds of the property they live in – and it may take a legal battle to prove they significantly contributed to the mortgage of the property or refurbishments.

The easiest way to avoid financial loss and disputes when you stop living with a partner is for both parties to sign a cohabitation agreement setting out your personal property and joint possessions.

A cohabitation agreement can also be used to stipulate what would happen if one cohabitee died or was incapacitated and how the property would be shared.

Stirling Ackroyd Legal offers expert and detailed legal advice to individuals and couples wishing to draw up a cohabitation agreement.

Stirling Ackroyd Legal also have successful departments specialising in family and children law, property law and litigation, able to advise on the various issues in cohabitation agreements – as well as how to ensure a cohabitation agreement best suits your future needs and those of any children.

We are happy to prepare fixed fee cohabitation agreements. If this is of interest, get in touch!

Child Care

We understand the sensitive nature of Family proceedings, especially when children are concerned, and we make a concerted effort to provide solutions that reduce the strain on all those involved.

Your children deserve the very best children solicitors. ‘We believe that parents are best at making decisions for their children, not courts.

Of course, every parent dreads the thought of a dispute involving their children. At a time when you want to protect them from further hardship, they’re often the ones who seem to suffer the most. With that in mind, our children solicitors’ approach is single minded: to help separating parents put their children’s needs at the heart of every decision. We provide advice and representation to all members of the family on a full range of issues relating to children. Disputes concerning children can present parents, family members and courts with some of the most challenging decisions of all. The Children Act 1989 is the main legislation which provides the law. Our experienced team of solicitors can help anyone who finds themselves in conflict about children. In situations where there are serious concerns about child’s immediate safety and welfare, we are able to act urgently to provide them with protection through court orders.

ACCREDITATIONS

Family Law advanced accreditation
Family Law accreditation
http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/accreditation/family-mediation/
Resolution accredited specialist family lawyers
Resolution mediator
Resolution Specialist
Resolution Collorative family lawyer

Resolution’s 6,500 members are family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Our members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Our members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family - and in particular the best interests of children.

International Child Abduction and Contact
https://www.gov.uk/return-or-contact-abducted-child

Child law accreditation
http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/accreditation/children-law/

Law society Accredited mediator
http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/accreditation/family-mediation/

International academy of family lawyers
https://www.iafl.com/