What Can Our Family Law Firm Do For You? 

Here at Higgins Miller we describe ourselves as a family law firm, which means that we specialise in family law and supporting people dealing with some of the most stressful situations life is ever likely to throw at them. From divorce and adoption through to handling domestic abuse or dealing with wills and probate, we pride ourselves on combining legal expertise with empathy and understanding. 

We know that, for many of our clients, having to work with a family law firm will represent the first time they’ve had to handle serious legal matters. We know how daunting this can feel, particularly when the emotional impact of something like a relationship breakdown or children dispute is added to the mix, and so we keep our work as a family law firm as accessible as possible. Our expert solicitors will explain the legal details of something like dealing with social services using language which is easy to understand and avoids legalese, and wherever possible we work with clients to avoid having to take a cast to court. If an appearance in court is required, however, we’ll be by your side throughout, working as a family law firm to ensure that you are treated fairly and feel fully represented. 

In simple terms, the work of a family law firm can cover anything which comes under the umbrella of family relationships, from spouses and civil or cohabiting partners through to parents and children, and in the majority of cases a family law firm will only need to get involved if something goes wrong or there is a dispute which can’t be resolved amicably and informally. Although we have the expertise and experience to deal with any family law matters which might arise, the majority of the cases we work with as a family law firm fall under one of the following headings:

Divorce – we can handle everything from filing the relevant paperwork in a fairly straightforward case through to helping clients deal with disputes over children or financial issues. 

Dissolution of Civil Partnership – as with divorce cases, the dissolution of a civil partnership could be anything from a quick and straightforward process to something more drawn-out and stressful. In all cases we’ll work closely with you to ensure that you are treated as you should be and receive everything to which you’re entitled. As with divorce cases, our expertise as a family law firm is such that the majority of civil partnership dissolution cases we handle are resolved without having to go to court. 

Separation Agreements and Consent Orders – one of the most difficult aspects of dealing with a divorce or civil partnership dissolution is often reaching an agreement on financial matters and any maintenance to be paid to children or a former partner. As a family law firm with years of experience we understand how complex agreements of this kind can be, covering everything from the family home to any debts, pensions or business interests. Working with us to agree a binding signed agreement covering such issues helps to guarantee a ‘clean break’ at the end of a relationship, and prevent further disputes in the years to come.   

Finances on Divorce or Separation – the question of who is entitled to what when a relationship ends is often very complex, particularly in cases where the couple were cohabiting rather than being married or in a civil partnership. As a family law firm we’ll work with you to reach a financial settlement which is fair and legally watertight, whether that means an amicable agreement between ex-partners, an arrangement reached through mediation or a process of negotiation between the two sets of solicitors. In all cases we’ll ensure that clients understand exactly what the assets in question are, and what they are legally entitled to.  

Children Disputes – When a relationship ends, questions such as where any children will live, how much time they will spend with each partner and how they will be educated etc. can be amongst the most difficult to handle. If you’re struggling to reach an amicable agreement then we can advise, as a family law firm, on exactly what kind of arrangements could be appropriate in a case such as yours and what a court would be likely to impose if no agreement can be reached.  We also have the expertise and experience needed to handle those difficult cases in which questions arise around issues such as abuse, domestic violence, drugs and alcohol. In cases such as these we can handle urgent applications to the court to protect the child in question should the need arise. 

Domestic Abuse – Our experience as a family law firm means that we understand domestic abuse can take many forms, from physical or sexual violence through verbal threats to harassment, coercive control and mental cruelty. Our experience means we are able to help clients obtain the protection they need from partners or ex-partners quickly and sympathetically. 

Prenuptial Agreements – A prenuptial agreement is an agreement drawn up and signed by both partners entering into a marriage or civil partnership. It is designed to protect the assets brought into the relationship by one or both of the partners in the event of that relationship breaking down, by setting out what obligations each partner will have to the other in the event of the relationship ending. Although agreements of this kind are not currently legally binding in England, they are still likely to be taken into account by any Judge asked to decide what a fair post-relationship arrangement would be, as long as they have been drafted correctly and signed by both sides of the partnership. 

Living Together Agreements – As more and more couples choose living together over marriage or a civil partnership, problems can arise when a relationship breaks down. This is particularly the case when dealing with questions such as who is entitled to what, particularly if the family home is not owned jointly or one partner makes much more of a financial contribution than the other. A living together agreement created when a couple begin cohabiting could help to resolve any issues when the relationship breaks down and, although not legally binding, is likely to be upheld in court provided it has been written with the help of experts such as those at Higgins Miller family law firm

Social Services – Any interaction with social services regarding the welfare of a child is likely to be stressful and daunting. We will work with you to ensure that you know exactly what your rights are in a situation such as this and represent you in scenarios such as Child Protection Conferences or court appearances. Our expertise as a family law firm is such that several of our solicitors are accredited specialists by the Law Society as members of the Children Panel.

If you’d like to find out more about the services offered by a family law firm please call us on 0161 429 7251 or email us at [email protected]. We’ve recently passed our Cyber Essential accreditation, something which demonstrates our forward-thinking attitude and determination to remain ahead of the competition. The first 20-minute appraisal is provided free of charge, and we’ll give you the first appointment for a fixed fee, so you don’t have to worry about how much our advice is going to cost. If you want to explore our wider charging system then please take a look here.

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January 2, 2024

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