South Wales specialist family & child law solicitors
As one of South Wales’ leading specialist family law solicitors it is our job to provide everything you need at your fingertips to enable you to make sound decisions when it comes to all areas of family & child law, whether that is helping start new relationships on a solid footing or providing the guidance needed if a relationship or marriage has come to an end.
Our trusted team of solicitors offer years of experience and advice, coupled with dealing with every client uniquely with compassion and unrivaled support and guidance. our philosophy is to support you by providing a qualified team of solicitors to empower you with the options that will ultimately achieve the right outcome for you.
Divorce, Dissolution and Finance Solicitors
When any relationship breaks down, particularly a marriage or civil partnership it can, for many, be one of the most traumatic and upsetting times in their lives. It is not simply making the difficult decision to leave a relationship, but the knock-on effect it can have on children and finances.
Finding strength and the right legal support is important at this time to ensure matters are dealt with professionally and handled sensitively for you and your family. Our solicitors offer a helping hand to guide you through the process. Our dedicated and sympathetic family law team will answer any of your questions and work with you on a personal level to minimise the stress involved and resolve matters as quickly and amicable as possible.
Family Law and Children
If you are experiencing problems within your relationship and you and your partner are considering splitting up there is plenty to consider.
Deciding whether to divorce or separate, agreeing on living arrangements, finding a resolution for financial matters and making decisions about child care arrangements are all important factors to think about. Because of this, family law requires empathy, a depth of understanding and clear communication.
Our experienced team of family law solicitors has all of this and more. We are keen and determined to find a solution to matrimonial and family matters built around you, your needs and your requirements.
Wills and Probate
Probably the most important thing you can do for your family and loved ones during your lifetime is to plan to ensure that they are cared for after your death. If you are unmarried and cohabiting or have children from a previous relationship, it is particularly important that you consider obtaining legal advice to ensure that your wishes are met and that your loved ones are protected.
We understand that each situation is unique, but our experts will give you peace of mind that your estate will be dealt with according to your requests. Areas of expertise include wills, probate and estate administration, lasting power of attorney and deputy orders.
Prenuptial and Pre-partnership Agreements
Prenuptial and pre-partnership agreements can provide a measure of certainty and the means of protecting assets, inheritance, and existing family commitments such as children from a previous relationship.
The agreement sets out a couple’s rights to any property, debts, income and other assets purchased together or acquired individually, or that they have brought into the relationship, and what should happen to those finances if the relationship ends.
Although pre-nuptial agreements are only one of a number of considerations that the could will have in mind should they ultimately be challenged, they are deemed to be a powerful consideration, particularly if they have been drafted and advised upon by a solicitor. We will help you reach an agreement that protects your financial position in a non-confrontational and sensitive way.
Domestic abuse is not necessarily the infliction of physical injury, but may come in the form of harassment, threats, verbal abuse or bullying from a partner, family member or someone close.
If you have been (or are) the victim of domestic abuse or have been accused of domestic abuse, we can help. We’ll advise on a way forward, which may include police involvement, a warning letter to the perpetrator, application for a Non-Molestation Order and/or Occupation Order (an injunction) , defending an application or advising on the use of court undertakings. Working with our specialist legal team, you’ll be drawing on the experience and expertise of one of South Wales’ leading providers of family law solutions.
Spousal and Child Maintenance
If you’re going through a divorce or separation, we know that your biggest concern will be income needs and your children. Our child and spousal maintenance expert solicitors can help you agree how much you or your former partner should pay going forward, change the terms of an existing agreement, or help if maintenance payments have stopped.
Our expert solicitors have considerable experience in child and spousal maintenance law and provide legal advice on financial support, which often involves wider issues surrounding family relationships.
Unmarried and Cohabiting Couples
With more and more people choosing to live together rather than getting married, cohabitation agreements, sometimes called living together agreements are becoming more common.
When unmarried couples separate, the legal issues are somewhat different than for a couple who have the legal protection of marriage. While married couples have certain rights under English law, relating to finances and children, cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights.
A cohabitation agreement will serve to avoid such issues by setting out the terms on which cohabitees live together and how property and assets will be divided should the relationship come to an end. Our family team have the expertise to draft a robust agreement that will serve you well and protect your interests and assets.
The breakdown of a relationship brings its own challenges. Often communications can turn sour and trying to sort out finances and arrangements for children can seem like an insurmountable task.
Mediation is a voluntary and confidential way to resolve family disputes and is an ideal solution whether the disputes are concerning children, housing and/or finances. Importantly, it comes without the worry, expense and the adversarial nature of litigation and court appearances.
A mediator is impartial, neither deciding upon nor judging the issues, instead working to identify areas of agreement and possible solutions.
This out of court divorce option is constructive and non-confrontational and allows both parties with the support of their own collaborative lawyer to sit around a table in a four-way settlement meeting to discuss the process amicably.
It is seen as an alternative to mediation and may be the best way forward for ending a relationship and divorcing with dignity.
The collaborative process can also be used to facilitate a broad range of other family issues, including disputes between parents and the drawing up of prenuptial or pre-partnership agreements.
Same Sex Relationships
Getting married or entering a civil partnership is a significant step in anyone’s relationship. Same sex couples are currently able to choose between registering their relationship formally as a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 or entering a marriage under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. Furthermore, it now straightforward for civil partners to convert their partnership into a marriage, should they so wish.
Our specialist same sex relationship team is widely respected for its work in the field of same sex partnerships. So, whether you are starting or ending a same sex civil partnership or marriage, Grant Stephens Family Law can assist you in ensuring that your relationship starts out on a sound footing or ends with the best possible outcome for both partners.