Our experienced family team include members of Resolution and accredited members of The Law Society Family Section who will be pleased to assist you in any family issues you encounter.
Divorce and separation
Getting divorced is one of the most stressful life events, on a par with bereavement and moving home. It’s important to have professional divorce solicitors on hand at this difficult time, to help you understand your legal and financial options and advise you on the best way forward. The expert team of family lawyers at W H Matthews & Co have substantial experience of providing bespoke legal advice on all divorce related matters, smoothing the process and minimising disruption to family life.
We always try and resolve any disputes connected to the divorce process using collaboration and mediation where possible, as this is both efficient and cost effective. However, we also understand that situations arise which require robust handling through the Court. We can guide you through the process and represent you whilst trying to achieve a successful conclusion of the matter.
One of the most involved aspects of divorce or separation concern settlement of your financial affairs. We will advise you when it is appropriate to mediate and when it is necessary to commence legal action to defend your best interests. We can ensure that any matrimonial assets are distributed fairly and in line with the law, negotiate maintenance payments or a clean break and help establish your claim to any joint assets in the case that you were living together but not married.
Child arrangement matters
Although reaching an agreement on finances can be complex, the issue of child arrangement orders is generally the most sensitive topic. It is vital that children are protected from the emotional fallout of divorce and separation as far as possible. Parents should seek a negotiated settlement regarding arrangements for the children which we can advise you upon. If no agreement is possible we can pursue a child arrangement order through the Court. If domestic violence has occurred, or where constructive dialogue is not an option, your family law solicitor can talk you through the range of legal protections available, including non-molestation orders and occupation orders, to help you decide what’s best for you and your children.
Prenuptial and Cohabitation Agreements
Although prenups were rarely used in the UK, since the Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino  UKSC 42, agreeing on the practical outcomes of a potential divorce has become increasingly popular as Courts take into account those which meet the criteria set out in the Radmacher case. At the same time, as more couples decide to live together without getting married, cohabitation agreements have become more popular and an important tool in the absence of relevant law. The family team at W H Matthews & Co can advise you on whether a prenuptial or cohabitation agreement would be suitable in your particular situation. To find out more, contact us today.