Separating from your partner or going through a divorce can be a difficult and overwhelming time. The stress associated with family breakups involving divorce and disputes over children can be avoided as much as possible with a sensitive and considered approach.
Our family law solicitors in West Sussex can support you during this difficult time. Our focus is to enable you to resolve issues as quickly and fairly as possible, avoiding unnecessary conflict while getting you what you need for your future.
Our family law expertise includes:
- Financial settlements following divorce
- Child law
- Pre-nuptial agreements & post-nuptial agreements
Our family law solicitors are committed to offering a modern, accessible and highly personal service. As such, we are happy to speak via phone, email and videoconferencing where suitable, as well as face-to-face.
We have a broad client base in West Sussex advising on all aspects of family law and have a particular expertise in advising mature, high earning individuals with complex financial circumstances.
We offer a 1-hour fixed fee consultation followed up with a detailed attendance note covering the issues discussed and our bespoke advice on which course of action we believe you should consider.
We offer flexible funding arrangements to suit our clients’ needs, including fixed fees where appropriate.
Speak to our family law solicitors in West Sussex
To discuss your requirements and find out how we can help, please get in touch to speak to one of our family law specialists.
Our family law advice services
Divorce & separation
The end of a relationship can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, with both the emotional and practical fallout to deal with. Getting expert legal advice can enable you to navigate this challenging time, removing much of the burden from you while also helping to ensure you get the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.
Our family lawyers can assist with all aspects of divorce including:
- Divorce proceedings
- Financial settlements arising from divorce
- Child arrangements on divorce
- Civil partnership dissolution
- Separation agreements
We have particular expertise with the more complex aspects of financial matters arising from divorce and separation, as well as child law issues, so are able to offer expert advice for these sensitive and important matters.
Learn more about how we can help with divorce.
Legal decisions and disputes involving children tend to be very emotionally charged with various factors that need to be considered. However, it is essential that the wellbeing of the child or children is kept uppermost in everyone’s minds at all times.
Our family law team has particular expertise in a wide range of child law matters, including specialist areas relating to adoption and child care proceedings that many law firms do not cover. We can thus offer the highest level of expertise for even the most complex child law matters.
Our family law solicitors in West Sussex can assist with child law matters including:
- Child residence & contact
- Financial provision for children
- Parental responsibility
Learn more about how we can help with child law.
Pre-nuptial agreements & post-nuptial agreements
It is increasingly common for couples to make a pre-nuptial agreement (or ‘pre-nup’) before they marry, setting out how their finances would be divided in the event of divorce. This can give both parties peace of mind over their future financial security. For couples who are already married, there is an equivalent called a post-nuptial agreement (or ‘post-nup’).
Our family law team have particular expertise with helping couples to get fair, legally robust pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements in place. We can ensure all necessary issues are covered, so you can have full confidence that an agreement matches your interests.
Our family lawyers can assist with matters including:
- Drafting pre-nups and post-nups
- Reviewing a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement you have been asked to sign
- Advising on whether a new agreement is needed where your circumstances have changed,
- The application of a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement during divorce
Learn more about how we can help with pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
Cohabitation & unmarried couples
English law offers limited protection for cohabiting and unmarried couples, which is a fact many people are not aware of until it is too late. This can make things much more challenging, especially when it comes to your rights arising from property ownership and separating finances when a relationship ends.
Our family law team is highly experienced in advising cohabiting and unmarried couples at a range of points in their lives, including when first moving in together, buying property together, having children and during separation. We can ensure every potential issue is considered and accounted for, so your future and that of any children you have stays protected.
Our West Sussex family lawyers can assist with matters including:
- Cohabitation agreements
- Property ownership for unmarried couples
- Separation for unmarried couples
- Financial provision for children of unmarried couples on separation
Learn more about how we can help with cohabitation.
Our approach to family law
We recognise that most people want to avoid conflict wherever possible, particularly when it comes to their family. While many people have the impression that divorce and other family law matters necessarily involve very emotionally charged situations in a courtroom, the reality is that most family law issues can now resolved amicably outside of court proceedings with the right support.
At SMR Solicitors, we believe in removing unnecessary conflict from family law. As such, we have a strong focus on reaching amicable agreements between the people involved wherever possible.
That said, where court proceedings are needed, we are able to robustly support our clients, making sure their cases are the strongest they can be and that they have the best possible representation for any hearings that take place.
Family mediation and alternative dispute resolution
Many divorces and financial issues arising from divorce can be dealt with through a process known as mediation. This involves the separating couple sitting down with a trained mediator who acts as a neutral third party to help them agree the details of their divorce. It can be of particular benefit where there are children involved and there is a need to move forward as co-parents.
The advantages of mediation for divorce and separation include that it is generally faster, less costly and less stressful for everyone. It also allows you to keep the details of your situation private, unlike with court proceedings, which normally happen in public.
Other alternative dispute resolution options for family law matters include private negotiation, collaborative law and arbitration, any of which may potentially be appropriate depending on your circumstances.
Our family law solicitors’ fees
We want our pricing to be fair and transparent, so will give a realistic estimate of costs at the outset, including both our fees and all third-party costs, such as court fees.
For many family law matters, we can act on a fixed fee basis, meaning we agree a price in advance to complete a specific matter (such as completing and submitting a divorce petition).
For more complex matters, we will agree an hourly rate based on the expertise of the family law specialist who will be dealing with your matter.
We will be happy to discuss our fees with you, so please get in touch to learn more.