Dealing with the finances on divorce or following a separation can be very worrying. It is important to get legal advice quickly to reduce some of that anxiety.
Our dedicated family team can advise you of your rights and options and assist you in reaching a financial outcome with respect to the family home or other assets, including properties and pensions; and any income needs, through negotiation, mediation with a specialist facilitator (mediator), or through a Court decision.
In cases of domestic violence you need support and guidance immediately.
We will respond quickly and efficiently to any request for advice, assistance and representation.
We can help you to apply for an injunction following verbal abuse, violence or threats of violence or harassment (including through social media). This can be in the form of a non-molestation order, an occupation order or a Protection from Harassment order which can be obtained to not only protect you (and any children) from violence, but also to sort out who stays in the home.
Same day appointments are available for the most urgent of cases whenever possible, and we can often get to Court the same day.
At MW, our mission is To make quality legal services accessible to everyone, especially those at risk of domestic violence. If you would like to talk in confidence to one of our team of specialist family solicitors call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at email@example.com
Whatever stage you are in, whether just considering options or past the point of reconcilliation, we can offer supportive and sympathetic advice
If possible we can help you through a divorce via mediation or collaboration. If necessary we can take your interests to court. Either way, you can talk to us in the strictest confidence, and we will work with you closely and in your interests.
Collaborative law is where each individual has their own collaboratively trained solicitor and both parties meet together to work things out face to face without going to Court.
Both parties have the support of their solicitor throughout the process to provide legal advice. Both parties and solicitors sign an agreement that commits them to trying to resolve the issues without the need to go to court. The solicitors involved are prevented from then representing these parties in court if the collaborative process breaks down. This encourages all parties to remain absolutely committed to finding the best solutions by agreement, rather than through court proceedings
We have a collaborative law specialist as part of our team.
Prior to entering into a civil partnership, it is possible to draw up an agreement which will make provision for the possibility of future relationship breakdown.
The contents of such an agreement can be as specific as you wish to make them, however in order to have the best chance of being taken into consideration by a court in the event that the partnership is dissolved, it is generally best to restrict the contents of agreements to matters like the division of assets and other financial matters.
As family law specialists, our team can advise civil partners on the drawing up of such agreements and in the event that a relationship has broken down, on seeking dissolution of the partnership.
Whatever the nature of your dispute, you need it dealt with quickly and competently by understanding professionals
Whether through mediation and collaborative law, or court based proceedings, we can help find a resolution to your problems. You can talk to us in the strictest confidence, and we will work with you closely and sympathetically.
Depending on your situation you may be eligible for government funding called Legal Aid. Legal Aid is still available for a number of family cases, but if you are not eligible for Legal Aid you may want to consider the following:
Many people are put off instructing a solicitor because they are worried about the fees they will have to pay. We have created “Family Fee Choices” to deal with those concerns and make our fees as transparent as possible. We leave the choice of what you want to agree to pay to you, by offering you several alternatives. You simply decide which of our fee schemes works best for the level of legal support you feel you need and what fits your budget.
Surrogacy is an exciting journey for new parents and surrogates alike but can be fraught if expectations and responsibilities are not clear and binding at the beginning
Whether you have just started thinking about surrogacy or are already deep in the process we can offer advice, guidance and support. All our conversations will be in strict confidence. We are proud to work in a considered, positive way and would be pleased to help you in this next phase of your journey. Get in touch.
Special Guardianship was designed specifically for family members taking on the permanent care of a child within the family.
They give the Special Guardian formal parental responsibility that overrides that of anyone else with parental responsibility i.e. the parents. This leaves the Special Guardian in charge and able to make decisions for the child: whether that be on practical things like choice of schools, or where the child lives, or what contact they should have with other members of the family. The parents retain their parental responsibility and should ideally be informed and consulted where appropriate, but the Special Guardian is able to get on and deal with things, even if the parents do not respond or co-operate accordingly.
Our recognised specialists in this field provide advice, information and support foster carers and family members who are seeking to become special guardians. We help parents through the process and to understand how a special guardianship order affects them. Get in touch.
It is often thought that grandparents and wider family do not have any rights. This is not correct.
We are very experienced in supporting grandparents and family members in all areas of family law, whether it is getting to see their grandchildren, supporting the parent(s) in their care, or where appropriate taking on their grandchildren’s care. Get in touch