Family

When a relationship breaks up, it can be quite traumatic and the ramifications can last a lifetime; especially when children are involved. Concerns arise on  how the separation will impact upon your finances, how property will be divided up and the impact that these divisions will have on your children. While you’re going through this difficult time in your life, having a specialist family solicitor on your side can help you navigate the process of separating and protecting your interests; the outcome is fair to everyone involved.

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Here at Redkite Solicitors, we are familiar with how traumatic a separation can be. It can be an emotionally and financially challenging time. When you choose one of our dedicated family law solicitors, minimising your stress is our priority and we will help you to resolve the separation quickly and fairly.

What Can Redkite Solicitors Do for You?

We are very aware that families aren’t the same and each of the clients we’ve worked with over the last 100 years has taught us something new about relationships. That’s why we want to get to know you and your situation before coming up with a customised solution for your needs.

Redkite Solicitors is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law Panel and the Law Society’s Children Panel and Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association). We are recognised for our family law expertise. Which ever of  our team of dedicated solicitors you work with, you are guaranteed an expert and experienced family law specialist.

In addition to divorce and separation, we can also help you devise a cohabitation agreement with your partner as you prepare to live together. We can also assist with a prenuptial agreement if you plan to get married. You can rely on Redkite Solicitors to deliver the care and commitment to keeping your family’s best interests in mind.

How We Can Help You?

Our family law specialists are experienced in the following areas:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Collaborative law
  • Financial issues
  • Adoptions
  • Disputes involving children
  • Civil partnership dissolution
  • Domestic abuse and injunctions
  • Social services interventions
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Prenuptial agreements

For legal support and expert advice on any family law matters, please contact our Brecon Office on 01874 625 151 or complete our online enquiry form.

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If you have a family matter that you think requires legal expertise, Redkite Solicitors are here to help.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative law is a legal process. Couples who have chosen to separate or end their marriage/civil partnership can work with their solicitors to bypass the uncertain result of Court, in an attempt to reach a settlement that meets the particular requirements of both parties and any children involved.

Family Mediation Solicitors

Mediation is a voluntary and private way of settling disputes which can arise when a relationship ends. A mediator can encourage divorcing and separating couples to reach a consensus on arrangements for their children and finances in a productive and non-confrontational way to help rebuild communication and understanding.

Mediators do not tell you what actions to take but help you explore different possibilities for settling things. You reach your own agreements about all elements involved in your separation, divorce or dissolution, including arrangements for children, finances, and property.

Law Society Accredited

Redkite’s Family Law team are Law Society Accredited. Our team is able to advise you on any eligibility you may have for Legal Aid or other funding options available, along with any other financial implications from the outset of your case.

Family Law FAQ

What is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

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Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to the methods used to resolve disputes and avoid going to court. This process includes negotiation, arbitration, mediation, and collaborative law.

If you are having trouble reaching a resolution with your partner on matters that include children, finances, and property, one of these ADR methods can help you peacefully reach a decision that ensures a mutually beneficial outcome without the stress or cost of court proceedings.

If ADR isn't successful, our expert family solicitors can give you legal advice regarding your next step, emotional support, and solid representation during court proceedings so that a fair settlement is reached for you and for your children.

Why do I Need a Cohabitation Agreement?

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When you and a partner move in together, you may not realise that you have legal rights as cohabitants. In cases where a relationship falls apart, your cohabitation agreement can protect you from leaving the partnership with nothing.

Many couples mistakenly assume they are protected by a "common law marriage," something that implies that a cohabiting couple have the same rights as a married couple when they have lived together for a given amount of time. Unfortunately, this isn't the case, so taking steps to protect yourself at the outset of a cohabitation situation protects your interests in the future. Our solicitors can help you draft a cohabitation agreement and give you advice about what you include.

Divorce or Separation?

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When you know your marriage is over, you may be considering divorce proceedings. Our team can guide you through the steps necessary, from start to finish. We can also help you decide if a judicial separation is a better choice. This is when you formalise a separation but keep the marriage intact for the time being.

We can help you get the legal costs covered by a spouse, if appropriate. We use fixed fee divorce pricing for all divorce proceedings, judicial separations, net worth advice, and splits that are complicated and messy.

What About Financial Issues?

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The end of a relationship often brings about financial concerns. We can help you analyse your financial situation and give you advice about solutions that could work for you.

We have experience in both simple clean break settlements where financial obligations to the other party are ended. We can also handle high-value cases that involve farms, businesses, and large pensions or trust funds.

Our team aids in negotiations throughout the settlement proceedings and can also help get you through the child support system. We are also skilled with cases involving pension and equity splitting, asset distribution, business ownership, tax advice, and child maintenance.

What if I Want to Adopt?

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With the rise in children living with stepparents, stepparent adoption is also on the rise. When you want to adopt your stepchild, there are several routes you can take. For example, special guardianship gives parental responsibility without breaking the relationship a child has with a biological parent.

When a child is adopted from social services, there are additional sensitive subjects to keep in mind. We can help you through stepparent adoption, special guardianship and social services adoptions, as well as offering advice to you as the adopting parent.

How do I Deal with Disputes Relating to Children?

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In our experience, parents working together is always the best course of action when a relationship ends. We always try mediation first and encourage you to stay out of court.

Most divorces and separations go through without a court order. The court's first concern is the children, and this drives all decisions. We can help you resolve disputes involving your children and can help with all aspects, including residence, contact, parental responsibility, injunctions, care proceedings, fostering, child abduction, and grandparent applications.

What is a Civil Partnership Dissolution?

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Like a marriage, a civil partnership can be dissolved due to nullity, death, or legal separation. The union must have lasted for at least a year before a civil dissolution can be applied for.

Our sympathetic and professional solicitors can assist you every step of the way, including with financial arrangements, pension and asset division, issues involving children, civil partnership agreements, and civil partner wills.

What Should I Know About Domestic Abuse and Injunctions?

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If either partner is suffering physical, emotional, verbal, or financial abuse, we can get you to court quickly and can help you get an emergency non-molestation order, which protects you and your children from contact, violence, intimidation, and harassment.

We work quickly in these cases and are skilled at taking out and enforcing injunctions, securing occupation and non-molestation orders, defending injunctions and dealing with contact issues that come up as a result of an injunction.

How Do I Manage Social Services Involvement with Families?

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When social services have concern for the welfare of a child, the local authority can take several steps in the case. The court has the power to make a care order so that the courts share parental responsibility. The court can also order an assessment of the parents' ability to provide care for the children. They can also appoint a guardian to look out for the child's best interests.

Our team will guide you through this emotional process and give you advice throughout. Public funding (legal aid) is available. We can also assist with court representation during care proceedings, applications to discharge care orders as well as applications for contact with children in care.

Why Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

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This is an agreement signed by both parties in a marriage that outlines the sharing of assets and income should the relationship end in divorce or separation. If you have assets that need protection, a prenuptial agreement is important.

While not binding in law, these agreements are influential in divorce proceedings. We can help you reach an agreement that you both are happy with so that both parties' interests and assets are protected.

What is Collaborative Law?

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Collaborative law is when both parties in a marriage or relationship work together to stay out of court when the partnership ends in divorce or separation. This is a voluntary process that both parties have to agree to. A participation agreement is signed, and each party assigns a collaboratively trained lawyer to their case.

The parties and their solicitors meet together to work out family disputes, financial division, issues regarding children and anything else that applies. The goal is to stay out of court and reach an agreement together.

When Do I Need Mediation?

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Mediation is a way to solve disputes when a relationship ends. It can be used for many reasons, including property division, issues regarding children and much more. Our team will help you both reach an agreement regarding who gets what and where the children will go.

Our mediators won't tell you what to do but will work with both parties to look at all of the options so that an agreement can be reached that everyone is happy with. In general, mediation can be reached in three sessions and can help keep your case out of court.

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