What Can a Family Lawyer in London Do for You?

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If you’re going through a divorce, then a reputable family lawyer in London is invaluable. But what other services does a family lawyer in London offer?

London may no longer be the world’s most expensive city since the Brexit vote earlier this year, and the fall of the pound, but it’s still expensive enough to make protecting your assets more than a small priority.

Using a Good Family Lawyer in London

Whether you’re considering marriage or civil partnership, setting up a house with your significant other, or embarking on the long and emotional process of a separation and divorce, a family lawyer in London can do so much more for you than you may have realised.

Legal issues regarding children

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For all matters involving children, from dealing with arrangements for the time children spend with each parent and finance for children to child abduction cases, a family lawyer can help. With more child arrangement cases than ever in England and Wales, finding the best divorce lawyer in London to help you` could be one of the most important decisions you ever make.

An experienced divorce lawyer in London will also be able to assist you with cross-boundary disputes and any international relocation of children that might occur after a separation or divorce. If you’re separating from your partner and need advice on assets abroad, or the complications involving division of assets when there are children and child arrangement (commonly known as “custody”) issues involved, a family law solicitor is in a position to advise you on the best course of action.

Pre-nuptial agreements

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With pre-nuptial agreements becoming both more common and acceptable, we can help you draw up an agreement with your fiance or fiancee at least twenty-one days before your marriage. In the UK, prenuptial agreements aren’t legally binding, but they are now used as a key reference in divorce cases which carry significant weight and increasingly the courts are choosing to adhere to the provisions laid out in them.

The UK has far more generous divorce laws towards the less well-off partner than the majority of countries, meaning that some partners force a divorce to take place in the UK, like this recent high-profile case. As a result of the complications that international movement can have on a pre-nup agreement, such as if your pre-nup is drawn up in the UK but you then live, work and divorce in France, it is highly advisable to have a top divorce lawyer in London look over your pre-nup before signing, in order to avoid as many loopholes as possible.

Cohabitation agreements

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According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of people who cohabit has doubled since 1996 to a massive 5.9 million. This makes people living together without being married the fastest-growing type of family in the UK. As something that has only developed within the past twenty years, with more and more people deciding against marriage in favour of cohabitation, the laws surrounding joint property and assets are constantly changing.

With more couples than ever owning property and raising children together without the legal security of marriage, many issues have arisen over rights when separating, especially for women. If you’re considering moving in or having a child together, but don’t want to take the step of marriage just yet, contact a family lawyer in London or your hometown to have an agreement drawn up, and put any worries about the future to rest.

Civil partnership

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Since the introduction of same-sex marriages, civil partnerships have faded and almost disappeared. However, if you’re in an existing civil partnership and are considering a separation, a family lawyer deals with all aspects of judicial separation and dissolution of a civil partnership.

The dissolution of a civil partnership allows the same rights as the separation of a heterosexual married couple. If children or property are involved, a family law solicitor can advise on the next steps, including division of assets, housing, and custody arrangements for any children.

Whether you’re going through a divorce, or embarking on a new adventure with a partner, be it living arrangements, marriage, or children, a family law solicitor is sure to be able to help.

If you are currently going through a divorce, entering into any legal contract, or simply want to know more about what a family law solicitor can do for you, contact KMJ solicitors — the expert family law solicitors in London. Make an appointment and discuss your case today.

Clayton spent five years working in family law with a firm in Australia before moving to the UK in 1999. He deals with all aspects of family law, specialising in all family matters, offshore trusts, company structures, international law, prenuptial agreements, high net worth cases and cohabitation law.