What We Do

Divorce

The breakdown of a marriage will raise difficult questions and potential problems that will need to be resolved.  We will help you answer those questions and guide you through the divorce process step by step.

Financial Settlement

We deal with all financial aspects of divorce and judicial separation including foreign marriages, tracing hidden assets, asset freezing, offshore companies and trusts, family or business assets, pension issues, variation of maintenance orders & enforceability of foreign orders.

We have the expertise to deal with emergency applications in freezing assets or securing interim financial provision where necessary.

We can assist with the preparation of a Consent Order or a Separation Agreement whether you have both agreed the finances together, through mediation or with our assistance.

 

Pre and post nuptial agreements

A pre-nuptial agreement is a legal agreement entered into prior to a marriage or civil partnership.  The agreement details who owns what at the time of marriage and also how the couple intend for those assets to be divided in the event of divorce or separation.

A post-nuptial agreement is a similar legal agreement (sometimes referred to as a deed of separation or separation agreement) which entered into after the marriage or civil partnership.  It might be entered into before or after separation

We can advise you in relation to the enforceability of these agreements in the UK and prepare the document.
Cohabitation agreement

We deal with all matters relating to cohabitation including agreements which can be entered into before and after
cohabitation and which provide contractual certainty regarding financial matters.

 

Civil Partnerships

We advise on and prepare civil partnership agreements for same sex couples dealing with all financial matters including pensions, offshore trusts and company structures. In the event that you are considering the dissolution of your civil partnership we can advise on the options for you and any children.

 

Domestic Abuse

We can assist you with protecting yourself and your children. One of the ways could be by way of court application for a  non-molestation order and/or occupation order.

 

Children

We deal with all matters relating to children including arrangements for children upon separation and specific issues, for example education or taking a child to live abroad. We also deal with financial support for children including maintenance, school fees and housing whether as part of a divorce settlement or for unmarried families.

We have the expertise to deal with emergency applications in relation to children, for example abduction, refusal to return
following contact and orders protecting children.

There are also many other areas in relation to arrangements for children such as issues relating to step and grandchildren on which we can assist.

 

Our service to you 

We are committed to providing a high quality service to all our clients.  When something goes wrong we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards.

First of all any complaint regarding our services must be brought within one year of the relevant act or omission about which you are complaining since otherwise your complaint will be out of time and we will not be bound to investigate it.

Subject to the above if you have a complaint, please contact Kristy Tidman, our Client Care Director at Fiscal House, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7JE, telephone 01243 373165.  Kristy Tidman will review your complaint.  However, should your complaint concern Kristy Tidman, then she will pass your complaint onto Lisa Carter. If we have to change any of the responsibility or the timescales set out below we will let you know and explain why.

Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

What happens next?

1.  Within seven days we will send you a letter acknowledging your complaint.  If appropriate we will ask you for further details at this stage or we will suggest a meeting.  We will also let you know the name of the person who will be dealing with your complaint.

2.   We always aim to provide you with a detailed response to your complaint within twenty-eight days after first receiving your complaint.  Either Kristy Tidman or the director dealing with the complaint will write to you setting out our views on the situation and any redress that we would feel to be appropriate.

3.   At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, please let us know within fourteen days.  We will then arrange to review our decision.  We will seek to do this within fourteen days thereafter.  This may be addressed in one of the following ways:-

  • The director concerned will review his or her own decision.
  • Another member of this company, who has not been involved in the complaint, will review it.
  • We may invite you to agree to independent mediation.  We will let you know how long this process will take.

4.  At the end of the review period, we will write to you confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.

5. The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

What do to if we cannot resolve your complaint

The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.

Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:

  • Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint

and

  • No more than six years from the date of act/omission; or
  • No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.

If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them.

Contact details

Visit: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9am to 5pm.

Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ