Welcome to the family law related page. Here you'll find helpful information about partnerships, divorce and much more.

Family

Azhar Hussain Fri, 09/06/2019 - 09:39

What If I want to Change My Child’s Name?

We understand how difficult it can be if you want to change your child’s name and the other parent is not agreed or if you do not want to change your child’s name and oppose this application. We can assist you in these scenarios and as a start, this article provides some initial information.
Azhar Hussain Mon, 02/18/2019 - 19:28

Converting a Civil Partnership into a Same-Sex Marriage

This article provides information regarding the procedures that you would need to apply when you seek to convert your Civil Partnership into a Same-Sex Marriage.
Azhar Hussain Fri, 01/11/2019 - 15:16

Judicial Separation - what is this and is it appropriate for you?

What is Judicial Separation? This is a formal process by which you confirm the marital separation between you and your partner. There is often confusion regarding this process. It is very important to remember that this process does NOT end the marriage and at the end of the process you will remain married to your ex-partner. If you seek to dissolve the marriage, you should be considering divorce proceedings and we invite you to contact us to discuss your specific circumstances.
Azhar Hussain Mon, 01/07/2019 - 13:59

Divorce Law: Plans for Change

The archaic divorce laws have been a ‘hot topic’ as of late and the need for change has finally received the publicity it deserves. The case of Owen v Owen has highlighted the societal need for a ‘no fault’ based divorce.  
Azhar Hussain Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:03

Civil Partnerships – For You?

In the future, every couple in England & Wales, will be able to choose between a marriage or civil partnership to formalise their relationship.
Sarah Gledhill Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:54

Financial Settlements – What the Courts consider on divorce

One of the more emotive issues that usually arises from a divorce is how to apportion money and assets between the two separating spouses. It’s most likely one of the first questions a person will ask when getting divorced will be ‘who gets what?’. Sometimes a couple can come to an agreement between themselves but there are those who turn to the Court to make the decision for them about how to split their property. Of course, this doesn’t just relate to money, it incorporates everything a couple owns from houses & savings to cars & jewellery, nothing is outside the remit of the Court.
Chris Germaine Wed, 03/14/2018 - 11:13

The season of goodwill

The festive period is for many families the highlight of the year. Visits to relatives, Christmas presents and seasonal parties. Whilst the traditional Christmas is the aim for many, this time of year ushers in the family dispute season, culminating with “Black Monday” being the first Monday after New Year when traditionally more than half the people who plan to divorce will start the process by consulting lawyers.
Sarah Gledhill Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:14

Divorce

Divorce can be a daunting prospect for many people and for most, a less than pleasant experience. Not only has the marriage fallen apart, resulting in emotions running high and plenty of stress, but now you have to face all the legal papers required to actually obtain the divorce. From an outside perspective divorce can seem like quite a complex mess of legal jargon with lots of papers to fill out. More so if you are not a UK national and don’t know where to start or harbour misconceptions about the UK process.
OptimalSolicitors Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:33

How to change an adult or child name in the UK

How to change an adult or child name in the UK. In the modern culture that we live in today where personal relationships are more fluid, it is becoming more frequent for people to request a name change for themselves or their child. This can happen because parents have separated and the mother no longer wants the child to have the fathers name or vice versa. It may be because a couple have started a relationship and want the children to share the same family name.
Sarah Gledhill Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:04

Prenuptial Agreements

In recent years, we have seen a big change in couples’ attitudes towards their finances. With approximately 45% of marriages ending in divorce, Prenuptial Agreements are becoming increasingly popular. A Prenuptial or Premarital Agreement, commonly abbreviated to “pre-nup”, is a written contract created prior to marriage, seeking to regulate the prospective spouses' financial liabilities and responsibilities towards each other in the event of a divorce or separation.