Family law breaks down into 3 key areas. Divorce & Separation, Financial Claims and Child arrangements, at Faith Williams Law our dedicated Family Law team specialises in all 3 of these areas, as well as offering a specialist Mediation service.
What can I expect?
Typically we act on matters such as divorce and separation; child contact and adoption; Local Authority care orders; and financial settlements. We will take initial instructions after a free consultation, that in some circumstances can be arranged immediately depending on the situation due to emergencies such as emergency child care hearings or domestic violence and non molestation orders.
When we act on your behalf, we will be engaged in taking initial details, gathering evidence, preparing the necessary documentation, negotiating settlements and contact or residency for children, referring to mediation, and advocating for the client in hearings. The work may also include instructing Counsel, and attending Counsel at court. We may also represent parties in care proceedings: for example, acting on behalf of parents or children. There is also a real possibility of needing access to financial records in some circumstances like matrimonial finances, this is done with the upmost care con consideration given to your privacy and your information is always protected to the highest level.
Current Challenges in Family Law
There has been a lot of changes in the law in recent years, we have seen high profile multi-million pound divorce cases at the same time as changes to Legal Aid removed support for a lot of family work with the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012. The Children and Families Act 2014 also placed a requirement on parties to attend mediation before certain applications are made to the court, and we have seen landmark rulings on same sex marriages and civil partnerships for heterosexual couples. There has also been a rise in the importance of pre-nuptual agreements since the formation of the single Family Court. All of this can be explained in plain and simple English by our vastly experienced family law team.