Understanding the length and breadth of family law

a family lawyerFamily law encompasses a wide range of situations that deal with parents, children and other members of a family unit. Given the personal relationships involved in family law cases, another level of compassion, care and understanding is needed to smooth the path to resolution. Here are some of the most common situations that family solicitors in Portsmouth, such as Andrew & Andrew, deal with on a regular basis:

Divorce and related circumstances

When a relationship fails, putting a legal end to it can take several different forms, depending on the type of relationship:

  • Divorce – the dissolution of a marriage contract by the court after at least a year of marriage;
  • Civil dissolution – the dissolution of a civil partnership that has been entered into for at least a year;
  • Nullity – declaration by the court that a marriage is null and void, which can be granted anytime after the marriage is registered;
  • Judicial separation – legal separation from a partner that recognises that the couple no longer live together but does not go as far as divorce.

Each of these situations follows a different legal pathway, with different forms that must be completed accurately in order for the process to get underway.

Child arrangements

The first thing that comes to mind when most people think of family law and children is visitation. Family solicitors in Portsmouth can help clients arrange legally binding rights of contact with their children or grandchildren following the dissolution of a marriage or civil partnership. However, there are other situations concerning children that also fall under the remit of family law, such as applications to change a child’s surname, remove a child from the country and disputes over schooling and religious upbringing.

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Cohabiting couples do not have the same rights as married couples. Consequently, when a relationship breaks down, a cohabitant often has to turn to Trusts law to resolve disputes over property or land that is jointly owned. This is where legal advice from a family law solicitor can help provide clarity. It is best to take on board this advice early on so as to be prepared in the event of a relationship breakdown.

Family solicitors in Portsmouth can assist with all of the above situations.

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