Divorce & Separation

Rest assured, we’ll help you progress as quickly as possible.

If your marriage has come to an end, we will offer you specialist advice at every step of the way and help you to overcome the difficulties that will inevitably face you at this challenging time.

We can discuss the options available to you and if appropriate, advise you on divorce proceedings.
For some people, divorce may not be an option. You may wish to think about the future of the marriage whilst living separately from your partner but with family and financial arrangements in place. We can help draw up a formal separation agreement which will cover issues of maintenance, the children and family home.

Rather than make you read lengthy documents on this site we’d rather you access the facts and discuss your individual circumstances immediately.  So if you are thinking about divorce or separation and would like a free half hour discussion with us to find out where you stand, the issues you need to consider and the fees we would charge if you were to pursue matters – feel free to contact us direct.

Pre & Post Nuptial Agreements

These agreements will now undoubtedly become more important.

For some time, the courts have acknowledged the growing importance of pre nuptial agreements in divorce cases.

In 2010 the UK Supreme Court took into account a pre nuptial agreement which established that both pre and post nuptial agreements should be taken into account by judges in certain circumstances. The court stated: “it will be natural to infer that parties entering into agreements will intend that effect be given to them.”  Find out more

Pre and post nuptial agreements are not just for millionaires.

Although they may seem against the spirit of a relationship, these agreements will now undoubtedly become more important for couples considering, or already in a marriage or civil partnership, who wish to make provision for their financial arrangements

Rather than make you read lengthy documents on this site we’d rather you access the facts and discuss your individual circumstances immediately.  So if you are thinking about an agreement and would like a free half hour discussion with us to find out where you stand, the issues you need to consider and the fees we would charge if you were to pursue matters – feel free to contact us direct.

Inheritance Act Claims

We’ll use our experience to seek a speedy resolution on your behalf.

Given the nature of modern society with ever more complex family relationships, inheritance claims are becoming more common.

Claims may arise where a person’s Will or the rules of intestacy (these apply when a person dies without making a Will) do not include or make appropriate financial provision for the person seeking to pursue a claim. For example a former spouse or dependant’s children who are omitted from a person’s Will may have a claim against the deceased’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.

We understand that disputes in this area are particularly sensitive and use our experience to seek a speedy resolution on your behalf.

Rather than make you read lengthy documents on this site we’d rather you access the facts and discuss your individual circumstances immediately.  So if you are thinking about a claim and would like a free half hour discussion with us to find out where you stand, the issues you need to consider and the fees we would charge if you were to pursue matters – feel free to contact us direct.

Civil Partnerships

Civil partnership gives you rights parallel to married couples.

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 was a big step forward as it introduced legislation for same sex couples making provision for the registration of a civil partnership,  to provide for the breakdown of their relationship or in the event of the death of their partner.

In the event of a breakdown, the civil partnership may be brought to an end upon either party bringing an action for nullity, dissolution or legal separation or by applying for a presumption of death order. Either party may then apply to the court for financial relief such as periodical payments, lump sum, property transfer and pension sharing orders or, for orders relating to the children.

If your civil partner dies, you will be treated in much the same way as a surviving spouse. You may administer the deceased’s estate, claim financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and to claim a state pension similar to that of a widower.

Rather than make you read lengthy documents on this site we’d rather you access the facts and discuss your individual circumstances immediately.  So if you would like a free half hour discussion with us to find out where you stand, the issues you need to consider and the fees we would charge if you were to pursue matters – feel free to contact us direct.

Child Support Act Disputes

Need to challenge a CSA decision?

Many people assume that they are bound by CSA decisions but they can be challenged if you feel that the award is unjust in any way.

Martin Symonds is one of only a small number of solicitors in the country who appears as an advocate on CSA cases at all levels including The Magistrates Court, County Court and Tribunals.

His niche experience in this area is highly appreciated by clients who seek to challenge decisions made by the CSA in respect of maintenance.

Rather than make you read lengthy documents on this site we’d rather you access the facts and discuss your individual circumstances immediately.  So if you are worried about CSA matters and would like a free half hour discussion with us to find out where you stand, the issues you need to consider and the fees we would charge if you were to pursue matters – feel free to contact us direct.

Pension Claims

Our expertise will protect your position as you seek to move on.

With frequent changes to pension laws it is very important that you seek expert advice in relation to your pension entitlement upon the breakdown of your marriage or civil partnership.

As part of the consideration of financial assets, the courts have the power to make a Pension Sharing or Pension Attachment Order which could significantly affect your future.

We understand the complexity of pensions and can advise you how to protect your position as you seek to move on.

Rather than make you read lengthy documents on this site we’d rather you access the facts and discuss your individual circumstances immediately.  So if you are thinking about pension entitlement and would like a free half hour discussion with us to find out where you stand, the issues you need to consider and the fees we would charge if you were to pursue matters – feel free to contact us direct.

Financial & Property Disputes

We’ll work hard to reach a speedy and successful outcome for you.

If your marriage has broken down you will naturally consider what will happen to financial and property assets.

We provide highly specialist advice in relation to the financial issues arising from the breakdown of your marriage in relation to the family home, finances, spousal maintenance and pensions within a court order or separation agreement.

We have vast experience in what is a highly complex area of the law and will use our knowledge to reach a speedy and successful outcome for you.

Rather than make you read lengthy documents on this site we’d rather you access the facts and discuss your individual circumstances immediately.  So if you have a dispute and would like a free half hour discussion with us to find out where you stand, the issues you need to consider and the fees we would charge if you were to pursue matters – feel free to contact us direct.

Cohabitation & Trusts of Land

‘Common law’ wives or husbands don’t have the same rights.

Many people decide not to marry and live together as ‘man and wife’ sometimes for short periods of time, but more often for years.  When those relationships break down, the legal principles to be applied are not the same for those who are married.

When a relationship between a cohabiting couple breaks down it is essential to seek specialist advice to protect your position.

Furthermore, where financial provision and property issues are concerned, the law is very different to the situation where  married or civil partners separate.

Rather than make you read lengthy documents on this site we’d rather you access the facts and discuss your individual circumstances immediately.  So if you would like a free half hour discussion with us to find out where you stand, the issues you need to consider and the fees we would charge if you were to pursue matters – feel free to contact us direct.

Children - Contact & Residence

Your relationship with your child is really important.

It is important for the parents of children (whether or not they are married) to have a positive relationship with their children particularly where they are separated. Contact between the absent parent and the children enables this to be done and can be agreed without the involvement of a court.  It would only be necessary for an order to be made if it is considered better for the children.

Rather than make you read lengthy documents on this site we’d rather you access the facts and discuss your individual circumstances immediately.  So if you are worried about contact with your children and would like a free half hour discussion with us to find out where you stand, the issues you need to consider and the fees we would charge if you were to pursue matters – feel free to contact us direct.