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Relationships

We provide confidential and sensitive advice on all areas of family law and relationships. Much of our clients' focus is on the financial elements of relationships.

We are also specialists in child related work.

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Our services include:

Marriage/partnerships pre- and post-nuptial agreements

As a result of recent developments in case law, we have seen an increasing trend towards people seeking to provide a framework for dividing finances in the event of separation. Our team has vast experience in drafting and negotiating both pre- and post-nuptial agreements, tailored to meet our client's individual needs.

Civil partnerships

Since 2005, same sex couples have been able to register their civil partnerships. We advise both in relation to pre-registration agreements and the consequences of a breakdown of the partnership.

Divorce/ break ups

Cohabitation disputes

The notion of “common law marriage” is simply a myth and carries no weight in law. Despite calls for reform, the law on cohabitation remains complex. A patchwork of legal remedies is available. We assist unmarried clients in understanding their rights in respect of such relationships and advise on all aspects of cohabitation. This includes cohabitation contracts and the resolution of issues arising from separation.

Divorce

Adopting a pragmatic but sympathetic approach, we advise on all aspects of divorce and separation. A number of cases have an international dimension and we are experienced in advising on and dealing with jurisdiction disputes and forum shopping.

We specialise in assisting UK and international clients to deal with the financial consequences of divorce. Acting for a number of high profile and high net worth individuals, we adopt a creative and commercial approach to cases. We always provide all clients with a personalised and dedicated service. Our work regularly involves complex tax, trust, off-shore and corporate structures.

Sometimes after a case is settled or the Court has made an Order after a contested hearing, circumstances change and one of the parties applies for a variation of a previous Court Order. We are also specialists in dealing with these applications as we are in applications to discharge a Court Order on the basis of serious misrepresentation or non-disclosure.

Domestic violence

Our team provides immediate advice and assistance in cases of domestic violence. Where required, we will take emergency action for clients to obtain:

  • a Non-Molestation Order: this provides Court-ordered protection for clients and their children who are subject to violence (whether physical or emotional) or harassment (or threats of violence or harassment)
  • an Occupation Order: this excludes the other party from the home and the immediate surrounding area and any other designated place where violence may be perpetrated. We have established links with the National Centre for Domestic Violence and therapists and counsellors to ensure that clients are provided with a full support network.

Enforcement

We provide advice and will take appropriate action to ensure compliance with Orders relating to finances and children. We ensure the production of disclosure and documentation in the course of proceedings. Our experience and knowledge in this area enables us to advise clients in depth on the full range of enforcement procedures available. Our connections with international colleagues with expertise in foreign countries, enable us to assist with any enforcement issues arising around the world.

Freezing injunctions

We have frequently acted on cases where injunctions have been sought to prevent one spouse from diffusing assets or from transferring them out of the jurisdiction. We have extensive expertise in both obtaining and resisting such injunctions.


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Lois Langton : Partner

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