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Family FAQs

Any questions?

Where is your family law team based?
How much will legal advice cost?
Do you offer a free 30 minute consultation?
What is mediation?
Do I need a prenuptial agreement?
How do I apply for a divorce?
How do I end my civil partnership?
How can we avoid going to court?
How can I make my partner pay for our child?
Can my partner take my child abroad without my permission?
Where can I find information about my partner’s finances and business?

Where is your family law team based?

We’ve have family law solicitors in all our offices; Bedminster, Clifton, Gloucester Road, Horfield, King Street, Kingswood, Queen Square and Thornbury. However, we act on behalf of clients located throughout the South West region.

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How much will legal advice cost?

We offer Fixed Fees on family law services, so you’ll know exactly what you’ll need to pay from the start. Book a consultation with one of our family law solicitors, during which we can advise you of your options and the best way to fund your case.

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Do you offer a free 30 minute consultation?

We offer all new family law clients a free 30 minute consultation with a family law solicitor to discuss your options.

During your free consultation, we’ll offer you general advice about the legal process, advise you on the options available to you and provide a rough estimate of costs. However we won’t give you specific advice about your personal situation during this session.

If you’re happy with the initial consultation but don’t want to take the matter further at that time, you will not be charged for the session.

However if you’d like to continue past the 30 minutes, let your solicitor know and you may be able to carry on into a more detailed consultation. This time will be chargeable, but your solicitor will tell you how much this is likely to be and what other costs are involved.

To book a free consultation with our solicitors in Bristol, call 0117 325 2929.

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What is mediation?

Mediation is an effective method of resolving disputes, without the need to go to court. It’s a voluntary process that involves an independent third party (a mediator) who helps both parties come to an agreement through discussion and negotiation.

For information, or to speak to a member of our accredited mediation service team, click here or call 0117 963 6202.

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Do I need a prenuptial agreement?

It’s a popular misconception that pre-nups are only for the wealthy. There are many situations that may trigger the need for a prenuptial agreement. These include having children from a previous relationship, owning or being part of a business, owning pre-marital property or having substantial assets.

Our simple guide to pre-nups might help you decide whether a prenuptial agreement is right for you, or you can contact our family law solicitors for help and advice.

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How do I apply for a divorce?

To formally end your marriage, you’ll need to obtain an order (a ‘Divorce’) from the County Court. You’ll also need to complete an application form (a ‘Petition’) to show what grounds you have for an order. The grounds are: Adultery by your partner; unreasonable behaviour; desertion for 2 years; separation for 2 years and consent from your partner; separation for 5 years.

Our specialist family lawyers can help you apply for divorce. There isn’t normally a need to attend court and, in most cases, a divorce will be granted within 4 months of the petition being issued.

For further information, contact our family law team in Bristol or visit our downloads page.

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How do I end my civil partnership?

If you’ve been in your civil partnership for at least one year, you have the right to dissolve it by petitioning the County Court for a dissolution order.

Our family law solicitors can advise you on ending your civil partnership. You’ll need to demonstrate that your civil partnership has irretrievably broken down through one of four supporting facts. These are: unreasonable behaviour; desertion for two years; separation for two years and consent from your partner; separation for five years.

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How can we avoid going to court?

As an alternative to court, we can refer you to family mediation. This is quicker, more flexible and helps you maintain control over the situation. Reaching agreement amicably is particularly beneficial when children are involved. Contact our family law team to book your consultation.

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How can I make my partner pay for our child?

Payments for children are governed and administered by the Child Support Agency (CSA). They’ll calculate the payment due based on the absent parent’s disposable income and the number of children. For further information, visit the CSA’s website.

Some payments are determined by the court, including school fees, step-children and disabled children. For advice on negotiating these payments, contact our family law solicitors in Bristol and South Gloucestershire for advice.

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Can my partner take my child abroad without my permission?

If you’re concerned that your child may be permanently removed from the country without your consent, you should contact us immediately. We can apply to the court for an order stating that your child cannot be taken out of the UK and can also request that your child’s passport is surrendered.

Contact our family law solicitors in Bristol to discuss your circumstances.

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Where can I find information about my partner’s finances and business?

As part of any divorce both parties are required to provide full and frank disclosure of their financial positions to the other. Initially this is likely to be on a voluntary basis but it can be imposed by the court as part of an order.

You’ll need to complete Form E to detail your financial situation. This includes your financial position now and what you expect it to be in the future. You’ll also need to include supporting documentation as evidence.

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If you can’t locate the answer to your specific question, please call our team of family law experts on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.

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