We offer a full range of Family Legal Services throughout North West and South East England. We provide a wide range of fixed fee legal services for many areas of Family Law.
Whether you are embarking upon living together with your Partner and require a Cohabitation Agreement or whether your marriage has broken down and you require advice and assistance on divorce law, we can assist you from start to finish.
We can help you with any sort of family law matter such as :
- Separation / Divorce / Civil Partnership Dissolution
- Children matters
- Property & financial matters upon divorce / separation
- Cohabitee disputes
- Property disputes
- Domestic violence
- Pre-Nuptial Agreements
- Post Nuptial Agreements
- Separation Agreements
- Living Together / Cohabitation Agreements
- Parental Responsibility Agreements
It is difficult to see your way forward clearly when you are in the midst of emotional turmoil. We all feel vulnerable and fearful for our futures at times like this. However, it is comforting to know that the solicitor guiding you along the road has traveled along it thousands of times before showing clients the best way forward for them, and the best way to achieve their future goals.
The options below are intended as a brief summary only. We hope that our simple snap shot of your various ways forward is helpful to you. It is important that you choose the most appropriate way forward for you. It is also very important to us that we provide the right solution for you as an individual. Every case is different and requires an individual solution.
If you would like to discuss a way forward, tailor made for you, then please contact us for a free no obligation telephone consultation.
If you feel that there might be a possibility that you could come to some agreement with your partner over some of the issues which you need to resolve between you, then mediation might be appropriate for you both. Mediation involves you both meeting together with an experienced solicitor mediator for a number of Mediation sessions. Your solicitor mediator’s role is to explain all the options available to you both and to help you both build settlement terms acceptable to you both.
This option is non adversarial and is favoured by many couples who have children and who want to work out together with the solicitor mediators help, what is best for everyone. You have complete control over the outcome, unlike an outcome handed down by a Judge in Court and you also have complete control of the costs, unlike the Court process. For people who believe that for the sake of their children they must continue to be good parents, despite no longer being partners, mediation is a popular choice. Those people appreciate that it is sometimes difficult for ex-partners to have a good on-going parenting relationship after they have both been through a Court process.
This process is a type of mediation but instead of there being one neutral solicitor mediator helping you both, you each have your own collaborative lawyer present with you during the meetings, helping you to build your settlement terms.
This process can be lengthier than the mediation process and is usually much more costly, because you have two collaborative lawyers assisting you instead of one neutral solicitor mediator. Many people simply cannot afford two solicitors at each meeting.
Purely for reasons of cost, collaborative law has not proved to be as popular as mediation with the majority of clients.
The Court Process
For some people it is impossible, for a variety of reasons, to ever sit in the same room as their partner or ex- partner in order to work out settlement terms with a third party. They may have been threatened or intimidated by their partner or ex-partner, or there may be some other perfectly good reasons why a mediated settlement or a collaborative settlement is impossible.
At Laker Legal we realise that the most important thing is that the way forward must be suitable for you and must be tailored to suit your individual needs and requirements. You must feel entirely comfortable with the road ahead. If you do need the swift effective and robust action of your solicitor, urgently going to Court to protect your best interests, then we will provide that action for you.
Due to our vast experience, we know exactly when it is right to be co-operative and sensitive, and also when it is right to be absolutely forthright and robust.