Family Law

What do we do?

We advise and represent clients who are going through the process of separation, divorce or custody issues.  We cover the whole of the Black Country area as well as Birmingham, Hereford and Worcester.

We have many years of experience in dealing with a wide range of family law matters. We know that for most people this is a highly emotional and stressful time of their lives so we aim to offer a sympathetic ear and to clearly explain our advice. We will aim to find the most constructive approach towards a resolution but will always put our your needs first.

How we do it?

We provide our clients with updates on their matters on a regular basis.  We are readily available in person, by phone or by e-mail to deal with any questions and queries as and when they arise.  We are a friendly and knowledgeable team where the client comes first.

Our legal experts are here to provide all the help and advice you need, call us today on 0121 511 2233.

Divorce

We offer advice and assistance in respect of divorces, separation and resolving finances. If you do not wish to divorce, but want to formalise your separation, we can apply for Judicial Separation.

There is one ground for divorce, and that is that the marriage has broken down irretrievably. This must be evidenced by one of the following:

  • Your spouse has behaved unreasonably
  • Your spouse has committed adultery
  • You have been separated from your spouse for two years, and they agree to the divorce
  • You have been separated from your spouse for five years
  • Your spouse has deserted you

Unfortunately, there is no such thing a ‘quickie divorce’, however, we can help you go through the process as swiftly as possible.

We can also represent you if you are the Respondent to divorce proceedings.

We know that divorce can be a difficult time, particularly if children are involved, and we will work to deal with your case with compassion. If you wish to commence divorce proceedings, have been served with paperwork for proceedings, or simply are thinking about it and want to know where you stand, please contact us in confidence for advice.

For more information or to talk through your situation with a solicitor call us today on 0121 511 2233.

Children Act Matters

We have a wealth of experience dealing with Children Act matters, whether that is acting for a party seeking contact, a child arrangement order specifying who the child / children should live with, or even to take the child on holiday.

We not only represent parents, but also represent grandparents, aunt’s, uncle’s, siblings, or anybody else who has a connection to the child and seeks a court order.

We will help to resolve your matter by way of negotiation and mediation, to avoid issuing court proceedings. It is not always possible to reach an agreement however, and when this is the case, we will make an application to the court. In urgent situations, we can make what is known as an ex parte application, where in most cases the court will deal with the application the same day that we issue it.

The type of work that we usually deal with is:

  • Who the child / children shall live with
  • How much time the child / children will spend with the non-resident parent
  • How much time a child should spend with a party who is not a parent i.e. grandparents
  • Special Guardianship Orders
  • Taking the child / children out of the country
  • Any other factors that concerns the child / children’s lives such as schooling, medical procedures etc.
  • Preventing the other parent from a cause of action i.e. taking the child on holiday

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and therefore please do not hesitate contact us to discuss your family law problem.

Please note that if you do seek an urgent Child Arrangement Order, we shall endeavour to get your application before a Judge the same day.

Call us today to speak to a solicitor about your personal circumstances on 0121 511 2233.

Domestic Violence and Non-Molestation Orders

We recognise that some family problems need to be dealt with on an urgent basis, and we will therefore offer immediate advice if you need protective measures. You do not need to live in fear if you are being harassed, or are the victim of domestic violence, as the courts offer immediate protection where the police cannot assist.

If you require urgent protection, in most cases we will apply for a Court Order the same day that you contact us.

The forms of protection that the court offer are known as Non Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders.

A Non Molestation Order prohibits the other party from being violent towards you, threatening violence or contacting you by any means. An order can also include provision to protect your children from such threats or harassment.

An Occupation Order excludes the other party from entering the property where they have a legal right to be in that property.

We will advise you as to the most suitable order for you.

Non Molestation Orders are not just to protect people who are victims of physical abuse, they are there to assist victims of emotional abuse and harassment. If you feel that you are the victim of domestic abuse, please contact us, and we will provide you with friendly advice in confidence.

We know that there are also situations where parties are falsely accused of molestation, and therefore you may find yourself in a position where an order is being sought against you. The consequences of this could result in findings being made against you, and therefore we will fight to clear your name.

Legal aid is available for applications for a Non Molestation Order, however this will be dependent upon your income, which we will assess for you. If you do not qualify for legal aid, we can discuss fees with you.  Call us today on 0121 511 2233 if you need to speak with someone about your situation.


Melissa Cruickshanks

Melissa Cruickshanks

Solicitor

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