Family Law

Calibrate Law has a specialist family team that deal with all aspects of matrimonial and family disputes including:

  • Divorce
  • Financial Matters
  • Unmarried Couples
  • Children and Parental Alienation
  • Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Separation Agreements

Whether you are considering a separation, have recently separated or have lived apart for some time, we can explain all the options available to you to achieve the best possible outcome through a negotiated settlement or, where necessary, in court.

We understand the needs of people who live complex lives and the issues they face. You can be assured that our expert team will take a sympathetic, focused and pragmatic approach to resolving disputes and negotiating settlements in an efficient manner.

Additionally, we have experience and deep knowledge of complex issues including abduction, parental alienation and financial disclosure.

Darrell Webb Partner and Solicitor Family Law 0203 988 2020

Our Approach

We're not just all about the law and procedure. We understand the needs of people who live complex lives and the issues they face. We are dedicated to achieving a fair and reasonable outcome to resolving disputes and negotiating settlements in a cost effective and timely manner.

The family law team at Calibrate Law have extensive experience in dealing with matrimonial disputes and resolving family problems: no matter what the issues are, we are here to help you.

At Calibrate Law we understand that going through divorce or separation can be incredibly difficult and painful for all concerned. The decision to get divorced can be life changing and this is often made all the more complicated where there are issues concerning children.

Our specialist family law team give clear advice on all financial aspects of divorce. We feel very strongly that every case is capable of being resolved without the need to attend court, provided everyone is sensible, realistic and fair about the expected outcomes. We believe in managing our client’s expectations and being frank, honest and pragmatic about settling cases – and it works!

Much of the work we do involves the resolution of financial settlements, complicated or otherwise, requiring complex valuations and taxation issues, often with an international perspective.

More and more couples are now choosing to simply live together without getting married. Although this is increasingly common, the law has not evolved in this area and provides very little protection for unmarried couples.

 

The concept of a “common law spouse” is simply not recognised in this country and therefore the mere fact that you live with your partner does not necessarily give you any automatic rights or entitlement to their property, assets or income. Whilst there is currently no specific legislation in place to protect the rights of cohabiting couples, there are other areas of the law that provide useful and valuable remedies, particularly in terms of the family home. As this is a complex area it is important to obtain specialist advice as soon as problems arise. It may also be possible to avoid confusion and disputes arising at all by entering into a well drafted and negotiated Cohabitation Agreement at the beginning of the relationship, that sets out the couple’s rights and obligations towards each other.

Where there are children, Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 also provides a range of financial orders that the court can make to help meet the children’s needs. These include “top up” child maintenance and financial assistance in housing the children.

Our sympathetic and experienced family team are well placed to advise and guide you through this very complicated area of the law to make sure your interests are protected.

When relationships breakdown one of the most difficult aspects of any separation is agreeing the future arrangements for the children. This may include issues such as where the children should live, the amount of time they should spend with each parent and how holiday periods should be shared. In most cases these arrangements can be agreed between the parents, but sometimes matters may arise that simply cannot be overcome.

 

The family law team at Calibrate Law have proven expertise in helping families reach amicable arrangements with regards to their children. As this can be a particularly stressful time not only for you as the parent but also for your children– let us help eliminate that pressure and reach a decision that works for everyone involved.

We understand that each family is unique and will face individual challenges when parents separate. Although Court is always a last resort, if it becomes unavoidable, we are able to guide you calmly and effectively through the process to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome for your children.

More and more couples are now entering into pre and post-nuptial agreements to protect their assets in the event of a divorce. Whilst these agreements are not “legally binding” in their own right, they have been given far greater recognition by the court in recent years.

The Court is now required to give effect to marriage agreements where they have been freely entered into by each party with a full appreciation of the implication, provided the terms are considered to be fair.

It is important that both parties receive specialist family advice regarding the preparation of the agreement and the legal and practical implications to ensure it stands the best chance of being upheld by the Court.

These agreements are extremely useful for couples who want to reduce the stress and hassle often associated with separation and divorce and reduce the element of uncertainly that comes with it. They are particularly relevant in circumstances where one party to the marriage has pre-acquired wealth, is likely to receive significant gifts or inheritance from their family, is embarking on a second marriage, or is simply the higher earner and contributor to the relationship. Ultimately without a pre-nuptial agreement you run the risk of everything you own potentially being treated as marital property in the unfortunate event of a divorce.

Our team of family law experts can help draft, advise and negotiate the terms of an agreement to meet the specific requirements for you and your spouse or future spouse. We will sit down with you to discuss the ins and outs of putting the agreement together and to ensure everything is handled in a sensitive and respectful way. We will impart expert advice on how best to protect your wealth, estate and other valuable assets and tailor your agreement to best suit the needs of you and your spouse.

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