In this article, we’ll be discussing five reasons why you may need to hire a family solicitor at some point during your lifetime…
Many people may like to believe they’ll avoid family law solicitors in their lifetime, but chances are, you may need the help of one at some point.
Family law can lay out and protect the rights and responsibilities of parents and other family members across a wide range of situations.
The law can also be a complex matter, and it can be a time when parents and children are generally feeling their most vulnerable.
Moreover, a family solicitor can offer practical and sound advice during tricky and difficult times for families.
Below we’ll be looking in more detail at five reasons why you may need the help of a family lawyer…
- Pre – and Postnuptial Agreements
If you’re intending on getting married, then it may be a good idea to consider how you’d both benefit from a Prenuptial Agreement otherwise known as ‘prenups’.
This aims to provide clear instructions in the event of separation or divorce.
If you or your intended spouse have assets that you do not want to share, should you divorce, then a prenup can make it clear what has been agreed upon and what will happen with these assets.
A Postnuptial Agreement works in the same way, just that it’s an agreement drawn up during the marriage.
Transitioning into a new chapter of life after separation or divorce involves several legal steps, and one of the most important yet often overlooked aspects is updating your legal name, if applicable. Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever to make this transition smoother.
By using a name change kit, you can swiftly and efficiently handle all of the legal documentation required for a name change.
Whilst some believe that prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are for those with vast amounts of wealth, they’re becoming more common amongst couples who have any form of assets they wish to protect.
If in the event, you need to get a divorce then you may need to seek a family lawyer for guidance.
Of course, not all divorces require a solicitor, especially if you end on good terms or choose to settle matters out of court.
Many couples divorcing choose the mediation route to resolve issues surrounding childcare and assets.
However, by using a solicitor you’ll ultimately save time and find the process a little less stressful.
Family solicitors have a whole wealth of knowledge in this area and can advise you on rights and what you’re entitled to from the divorce.
- Child Arrangements – Financial and Custodial
Disputes over children can arise whether you’re married, divorced or single.
Many people have children out of wedlock and where there is no legal marriage contract, there are questions surrounding the rights of parents.
All too often children are used as an extension of a fight between parents, and it’s common for one parent to withdraw contact during the dispute.
Family lawyers are experienced in resolving situations by encouraging the two parents to discuss the best course of action to resolve issues.
If matters can’t be solved out of court, then your solicitor will represent you in court.
- Cohabitation Disputes
Many relationships last a lifetime, without officially tying the knot. Whilst these couples who cohabitate for a long time together may like to believe they have the same rights as those who are married, it can be surprising to learn that there is not a lot of protection at all.
Some couples may have a cohabitation agreement in place, which makes a separation a lot more straightforward. However, they’re not as commonplace as they should be.
Those without an agreement in place could find themselves wrapped up in a cohabitation dispute, following many years of living with someone and sharing money and property.
- Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is prevalent in the UK. Statistics show that 1 in 5 adults (10.4 million people) have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16.
The impact of domestic violence not only affects a victim but can also have a knock-on effect on any children living in a home where domestic violence happens.
The effects can be long-term and profound, especially on children. Family lawyers can help prevent domestic situations from deteriorating further, as well as minimise ongoing trauma to other family members.
There are a few possible courses of legal action to take, including court orders which protect a person from domestic abuse and harassment.
It’s important if you’re in an unsafe situation at home to seek help, whether it’s through legal action or through an organisation.
Reasons for needing a family solicitor can vary…
As you can tell from this article, a family solicitor can play a role in many areas of a person’s life.
It’s not always necessary to go through solicitors for some issues but by seeking legal advice from a trained professional you can be sure your rights and problems are taken care of properly.
Please be advised that this article is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for advice from a trained legal professional.
Be sure to consult a family lawyer/solicitor if you’re seeking advice on family law.
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Luciana joined our team as a mum blogger in 2020. A dedicated mum to a lively daughter and a dog, Luna, Luciana brings authenticity and passion to every post. Her expertise in parenting and lifestyle topics offers practical, relatable advice for real-life situations.