Emotions are difficult to manage on family breakdown. The importance of strong representation at such a difficult time is vital to ensure the very best outcome for you and your family.
At Hains & Lewis we have developed a formidable reputation for taking swift and decisive action where necessary whilst also recognising the need to resolve the problems that come with family breakdown in a sensitive, sensible and amicable way. We are also conscious of the costs of funding your case and will do all we can to alleviate that burden by conducting your case as quickly and cost effectively as possible.
We aim to make the situation better for you not worse and therefore listen to your requirements as every case is difficult and you are the best judges of which option would best suit your family.
Divorce and matrimonial finances
Sadly, statistics show that one in three marriages end in divorce. The prospect of instructing solicitors to deal with the legalities and the division of the assets is also daunting. At Hains & Lewis we are experts at lessening the pain of divorce by avoiding long drawn out disputes, looking out for your best interest and ensuring that you receive everything which you are entitled whilst keeping you fully informed throughout the entire process. We have specialist knowledge in dealing with all types of settlement from simple “clean break” orders where assets allow to high net worth farming and business cases often involving complex pension issues and also complex separation issues where there are substantial pensions, business and personal assets.
We have specialist knowledge in dealing with all types of settlement including:
- Simple “clean break” orders where assets are low
- High net worth farming and business cases which often involve complex pension issues
- Complex separation issues where there are substantial pensions, business and personal assets
On the breakdown of a relationship where you have children they will no doubt be your primary concern. Unfortunately not all parents can agree the arrangements of their children upon separation and it may be necessary for solicitors to be involved. At Hains & Lewis we will make you aware of all the options available to you and, if it becomes necessary to proceed to Court, we will do all we can to make the process as painless as possible to achieve the result which is best your family.
Cohabitation and non-married couples
In the last eight years there has been a 50% increase in cohabitating families. We can advise you upon entering into a cohabitation agreement with your partner in order to govern your intentions during the relationship and what should happen in the unfortunate event that the relationship breaks down. At present, the current law treats cohabiting couples differently from married couples. It is therefore imperative that you are fully aware of your legal rights, as the resolution of problems between unmarried couples can be extremely difficult and may require swift action to protect your interests if the relationship breaks down.
We may also be able to help you if you are faced with the tragic death of your partner in circumstances where the property is owned solely by that person.
Since December 2005 same sex couples have been able to register their relationship and create a legal status similar to those of married couples. We are able to fully advise you at the outset of that partnership and can assist in the preparation of pre civil partnership agreements. As in divorce cases we are experts in dealing with the division of the assets in the unfortunate event that that partnership breaks down.
Domestic violence and injunctions
Unfortunately, in some cases the issue of proceedings to protect the parties or the children may need to be addressed. It is often necessary for urgent action to be taken. At Hains & Lewis we can provide you with full advice on the options available to you and what steps you can take, at all times being sensitive to your needs.