Family Law Solicitors in Newark
Legal issues affecting your family are often some of the hardest to deal with emotionally, as well as having the potential to become time-consuming and expensive if not handled correctly.
Our highly experienced family law solicitors in Newark offer sympathetic but practical advice and support designed to make it as easy as possible to resolve your family law matters. Whether you are getting divorced, separating, need a pre-nuptial agreement or cohabitation agreement, or are experiencing any other issues related to family law, we have the expertise you need to achieve a positive result.
Chattertons’ family law team includes a number of solicitors with decades of experience across all areas of family law. Many of our team are members of Resolution, an organisation committed to promoting a non-confrontational approach to family law. We aim to minimise the conflict involved in resolving family disputes.
Our family law services in Newark
Our family lawyers offer a comprehensive legal service for families in Newark and throughout Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. No matter what legal issues you are facing, we offer sensitive, practical advice and support, ensuring you and your loved ones’ interests stay protected at all times.
Our Newark family lawyers’ expertise includes:
- Divorce and separation
- Arrangements for children
- Financial settlements
- Divorce and business assets
- Cohabitation agreements
- Pre and post-nuptial agreements
- Civil partnerships and dissolution
- Independent financial advice via Chattertons Wealth Management
Family law FAQs
Do I have to go to court to resolve my financial claims arising from divorce?
Most couples don’t need to go to court but mange to agree their financial settlement, leading to an Order by consent being submitted for the Court’s approval. Sometimes we will suggest mediation, which allows you to agree the details of your financial settlement with the help of a trained mediator.
While the divorce ends the marriage, the financial claims will not be settled finally without a sealed Order, which could lead to claims being made by one party on the other in the future. It is therefore vital that you take advice with regards to the financial settlement, even where you think that you have agreed matters between you and your ex-spouse.
Are pre-nuptial agreements legally binding?
While pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements are not currently legally binding in the UK, they will normally be accepted as carrying weight by the Court as long as they are prepared in a way that meets best practice guidelines. This includes both parties having had independent family law advice before signing and being under no pressure to sign.
How does no fault divorce work?
The Divorce, Dissolution, and Separation Act 2020, which took effect on the 6th April 2022, introduced new regulations.
These regulations brought changes to the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and Civil Partnership Act 2004, aiming to modernise and simplify the process of divorce and separation and reduce unnecessary conflicts.
The changes mean there is no longer a requirement to provide a reason for the divorce, a practice that often led to assigning blame to one party.
Consequently, these updated divorce guidelines are commonly referred to as "no-fault" divorce laws.
In simpler terms, couples are now able to divorce without attributing blame to one another based on the previously stipulated grounds, which included unreasonable behaviour, desertion, adultery, two years of separation, or five years of separation.
The legislation governing no-fault divorces is designed to facilitate smoother and more amicable divorce or civil partnership dissolution proceedings, negating the need for couples to hold each other responsible in order to pursue a divorce.
The sole basis for divorce or civil partnership dissolution remains the irreparable breakdown of the relationship. However, there is no longer a requirement to provide evidence relating to this breakdown.
What rights do unmarried couples have during separation?
Many people believe unmarried couples have rights under “common law” if they have lived together for long enough. This is not true however, and unmarried couples have no automatic right to each other’s property or other assets if they separate. This is why creating a cohabitation agreement is strongly recommended as it can protect both parties in the event that you later separate.
Contact our family law solicitors in Newark
If you are going through a divorce or separation, need advice about cohabiting, are considering a pre-nuptial agreement, or need help with any other area of family law in Newark or throughout Lincolnshire, our experienced team can help.