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Family law includes child custody, separation, parental rights, and pre/post-nuptial agreements, the legal advice we offer to families covers these topics and more. We are proud to be a leading Staffordshire family law organisation.

Our family and matrimonial law team is experienced in handling a range of issues that can arise from separation or family breakdowns. The team stays up to date with latest family law advances and acts as a beacon of hope during a stressful time.

Here, the team share three family law FAQs to help shed some light on the key themes.

What do I need to know about family law and child custody?

Depending on how custody is awarded in a separation case, your parental responsibility rights may be subject to change. These rights allow you to make decisions on your child’s care and upbringing. If you share parental responsibility, then you must make important decisions with all who hold this responsibility.  

There are multiple examples of parental responsibility which may need to be agreed on during divorce or separation, for example. These include deciding where your child lives, what medical care your child receives, where and how your child is educated and giving consent for your child to leave the country (whether on holiday or permanently). 

Not everyone will automatically hold parental responsibility. Those who automatically have parental responsibility include: 

Biological fathers, married step-parents, or other guardians like grandparents can obtain parental rights. You can get parental responsibility agreed through a parental responsibility agreement, parental responsibility order or through appointing a guardian. 

How much does a solicitor cost for family law cases?

Here at Bowcock & Pursaill, we believe that everyone should have the right to affordable and accessible legal representation. We believe that a law firm should deliver a satisfactory resolution in an agreed timescale while maintaining excellent standards of client care. 

We offer fixed fee services for family and matrimonial services called ‘Lend a Legal Hand’. This finance solution allows us to provide a cost-effective, personalised and transparent service to our customers meaning you can plan with no hidden costs. 

Family breakdowns and legal procedures can be a stressful and upsetting time, our Lend a Legal Hand solution means you can take control of your costs from the outset and all the way through to the end of your case. 

Our fixed-fee services meet high standards set by the Law Society and we ensure that client confidentiality is a key priority in every situation. We’ll deliver bespoke advice from highly specialised family law teams who will recommend a suitable course of action. 

With a wide range of experience and extensive knowledge, our lawyers are professionals in handling issues in a sensitive and understanding manner. For every stage you take within our fixed-fee services, the team will explain each stage in detail so you’re fully aware of what you’re paying for, enabling you to quickly make informed decisions about whether and how you wish to proceed. 

Does family law include divorce?

As we stay up-to-date on all changes in divorce law, we give couples advice which is on point and efficient.  

A summer 2021 update to divorce law gave couples the chance to remove fault from the process. Until these changes came into place, the divorce process in England and Wales required just one spouse to start the divorce proceedings with an accusation of misconduct regarding their spouse. Typically, the following reasons were reasonable grounds for divorce: 

 

After the laws changed in 2021, this two-year stipulation no longer affected couples wishing to separate. They now do not have to wait or accuse one another. 

While these are the most asked family law questions, for more information on our matrimonial and family law services in the UK, contact Caroline Gregg at 01538 399199. 

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