What is reasonable access for fathers?
This is a tricky question to answer. Each case is different and there is no “one size fits all” answer as one type of contact arrangement that may suit some and not others.
When deciding on contact arrangements, you will need to consider how much hands-on care the non-resident parent can realistically provide and how much they have provided in the past. You also need to consider the age of the child, schooling arrangements for the child and any work commitments.
How much does a divorce cost if both parties agree?
One of the concerns that everyone has when they are thinking about getting a divorce is how much it is going to cost.
If the reason your marriage has broken down is because of financial strain to begin with, then it can feel like a daunting prospect to proceed with a divorce.
Does your Divorce need a Spring Clean before Retirement?
Divorce has been a part of our society for centuries, but over time the expectations and assumptions of divorcing parties has developed and changed. Spousal maintenance is no longer viewed as a guaranteed income for the primary carer of the couple’s children especially when retirement is looming, and the recent pension changes brought in last year may affect a spouse’s interest in their ex-partner’s existing pension.
Cohabitation – What are the risks?
At Watson Thomas Solicitors we provide legal advice and representation for clients who are just starting out in their relationship, such as when a Pre-Nuptial Agreement is required, as well as those who have reached the end of their relationship and are looking to separate or divorce. But not all couples choose to marry, and in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of couples choosing to co-habit rather than getting married.
What rights does the mother have over the father?
It is often a stressful and emotional time for parties when a relationship breaks down. This is even more so where there are children involved as there will sometimes be difficulties in agreeing arrangements for the children such as where and with whom the children will live and what contact the absent parent will have with the children.
Who makes the arrangements for the children will depend on who has parental responsibility (PR) for the child. All biological mothers and most fathers have legal rights and responsibilities as a parent.