If there is violence or abuse in your relationship and you need to take urgent action, our experienced team are here for you and can provide immediate assistance. We have a lot of experience in this area and we understand the difficulties and challenges involved in trying to walk away from an abusive relationship.
Your specialist family solicitor will be able to take the necessary action to safeguard you and those close to you from any further harm and will act on your behalf to protect your interests and look after the future of your children without your having to attend face-to-face meetings with your former partner.
- Domestic Abuse
We can help you to obtain an Injunction, which is a court order that will legally prevent your abuser from harming you again. If they break the terms of the order, they can be arrested.
There are two types of Injunction that can be granted by the court:
- A ‘non-molestation order’ will protect you and/or your children from further harm or threats by the person who has abused you
- An ‘occupation order’ will determine who can live in the family home or enter the surrounding area
Our experienced family law solicitors will talk you through all the options that are available to you. We can offer a special emergency service to anyone who is affected by domestic abuse, and we can often provide legal representation on a clear, fixed-fee basis in these circumstances.
Our expert family law solicitors here at Stirling Ackroyd Legal have many years’ experience in helping our clients to take legal action against their former partners to protect them and their children from further harm.
If there is abuse in your relationship it is important to report what has happened to the police, who will be able to immediately establish protection measures. If you have been physically assaulted, your partner may be liable to immediate arrest. If your partner presents a risk of violence, the police may serve a Domestic Violence Protection Notice, which will require them to leave and make no further contact for a period of 48 hours.
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Family Law Blog
It may come as a surprise to know that in the UK, 71% of divorcees do not discuss pensions. Given that retirement plans are usually the greatest asset in marriage, this is often very damaging and rather nonsensical. It is therefore important couples have a good understanding of how their marital assets will be affected during a divorce. In this series, we look at pensions and divorce
The Government’s latest reforms to family law have focused on ending the blame game in divorce; or in other words, ending the no fault divorce.
Previously, couples were obliged to list the reason for the marriage breaking down such as adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion. Under the previous system, couples needed to prove they have been separated for 2 years, or 5 years if one partner did not agree to the divorce.
It is becoming more common for people to issue and deal with their own divorces. The process can involve obtaining the relevant forms from the internet such as from government websites and completing the forms themselves.
1. Be open, honest and frank with your solicitor.
Your solicitor will be able to advise you adequately from the outset if you are forthcoming with information however sensitive that information may be.
1. Preparation for the first meeting.
If possible, go along to the first meeting with your solicitor with a list of the matrimonial assets and liabilities that you are aware of which will help to streamline the first meeting. Raise any concerns you have with your solicitor and attend with a list of questions to ask which will help to focus the meeting.
Amicable divorces or ‘peaceful divorces’ are the majority of the time, seen as a bit of a myth. Many losses are experienced towards the end of a relationship, loss of home, security, finance, comfort, intimacy which can cause hostility and upset during the divorce process.