Monday, 20 February 2017

Top six reasons to use a solicitor for your divorce – explain the legal terms

Trying to manage divorce proceedings yourself can be a highly emotional, risky process littered with pitfalls that may not be apparent at the outset.
Laura Lambertfamily law solicitor at Ansons Solicitors in CannockLichfield and Sutton Coldfield Staffordshire, often sees couples embarking on the divorce process come up against challenges and decisions they had never even thought about.
‘When you are going through a financial separation and making arrangements for children you require guidance and support to reach the right decision and achieve the right outcome. Without the right support, the process simply falls apart and fails to progress,’ says Laura.
In this series of blogs, Laura outlines the top six reasons why you should use a Resolution accredited family lawyer to handle your divorce.

Explain the legal terms

There will be complex legal terminology used during the divorce process which your solicitor can explain in simple terms. Not realising the meaning or importance of certain elements of the process e.g. ‘prayer of divorce’ can prejudice your position and the legal terminology can often be overwhelming.
For more information on divorce or any other family law matter, contact Laura Lambert on 01543 431996 or email llambert@ansonssolicitors.com.
Ansons Solicitors have offices in Cannock and Lichfield. We have also extended our family law services to Sutton Coldfield, by appointment only.
This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Top six reasons to use a solicitor for your divorce – prevent future financial claims

Laura Lambert, family law solicitor at Ansons Solicitors in Staffordshire
Trying to manage divorce proceedings yourself can be a highly emotional, risky process littered with pitfalls that may not be apparent at the outset.
Laura Lambertfamily law solicitor at Ansons Solicitors in CannockLichfield and Sutton Coldfield Staffordshire, often sees couples embarking on the divorce process come up against challenges and decisions they had never even thought about.
‘When you are going through a financial separation and making arrangements for children you require guidance and support to reach the right decision and achieve the right outcome. Without the right support, the process simply falls apart and fails to progress,’ says Laura.
In this series of blogs, Laura outlines the top six reasons why you should use a Resolution accredited family lawyer to handle your divorce.

Prevent future financial claims

Even if you obtain a decree absolute online, the financial aspects of your divorce will not be finalised until you have a court order approved by the family court. This could be a ‘clean break order’ or a consent order. Without this document either party is free to make a future financial claim against the other in respect of property, pensions, maintenance, lump sum or against the estate of the other spouse in the event of their death.
Your solicitor can help you obtain this by negotiation, or by representing you at court.
For more information on divorce or any other family law matter, contact Laura Lambert on 01543 431996 or email llambert@ansonssolicitors.com.
Ansons Solicitors have offices in Cannock and Lichfield. We have also extended our family law services to Sutton Coldfield, by appointment only.
This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Top six reasons to use a solicitor for your divorce – help you negotiate an agreement

Laura Lambert, Family law solicitor, Ansons Solicitors
Trying to manage divorce proceedings yourself can be a highly emotional, risky process littered with pitfalls that may not be apparent at the outset.
Laura Lambertfamily law solicitor at Ansons Solicitors in CannockLichfield and Sutton Coldfield Staffordshire, often sees couples embarking on the divorce process come up against challenges and decisions they had never even thought about.
‘When you are going through a financial separation and making arrangements for children you require guidance and support to reach the right decision and achieve the right outcome. Without the right support, the process simply falls apart and fails to progress,’ says Laura.
In this series of blogs, Laura outlines the top six reasons why you should use a Resolution accredited family lawyer to handle your divorce.

Help you negotiate an agreement

Processing your divorce documents is just one stage of separating your lives. You also need to work out how you will separate your finances and make arrangements for children. Your solicitor can offer an alternative route, called Collaborative Law that avoids going to court. This route helps couples negotiate an agreement together with legal advice and support throughout.
For more information on divorce or any other family law matter, contact Laura Lambert on 01543 431996 or email llambert@ansonssolicitors.com.
Ansons Solicitors have offices in Cannock and Lichfield. We have also extended our family law services to Sutton Coldfield, by appointment only.
This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Top six reasons to use a solicitor for your divorce – get the paperwork right

Trying to manage divorce proceedings yourself can be a highly emotional, risky process littered with pitfalls that may not be apparent at the outset.
Laura Lambertfamily law solicitor at Ansons Solicitors in CannockLichfield and Sutton Coldfield Staffordshire, often sees couples embarking on the divorce process come up against challenges and decisions they had never even thought about.
‘When you are going through a financial separation and making arrangements for children you require guidance and support to reach the right decision and achieve the right outcome. Without the right support, the process simply falls apart and fails to progress,’ says Laura.
In this series of blogs, Laura outlines the top six reasons why you should use a Resolution accredited family lawyer to handle your divorce.

Get the paperwork right

DIY divorce papers are often returned by the court for being incorrectly completed. A common mistake is to give the wrong reasons for divorce. The family court will only grant a divorce if it is satisfied if there is enough evidence of one of the five specific reasons for getting a divorce and that the proper procedure has been followed. If not, your court fee will be wasted. Your lawyer will be able to draft your petition using the necessary technical language to persuade the court. They will also make sure that time limits and procedure is observed.
For more information on divorce or any other family law matter, contact Laura Lambert on 01543 431996 or email llambert@ansonssolicitors.com.
Ansons Solicitors have offices in Cannock and Lichfield. We have also extended our family law services to Sutton Coldfield, by appointment only.
This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

New Year, new relationship status?

January is often a time of reflection when many people decide to make changes and address problems in their personal relationships.
Our specialist solicitors understand that it can be difficult to make decisions about your relationships, especially when it affects your children and your future financial stability.
Maintaining good communication with your former spouse or partner is the key to making the process of separation as painless as it can be; if the channels of communication can be kept open it is more likely that an amicable resolution can be achieved. By adopting a process of resolution that seeks to work collaboratively with couples who have decided to separate, we can help you to find a way forward that works for everyone in your family.
There are several approaches we can take which aim to help and support you during this difficult time, all of which seek to avoid having to go to court. We can help you explore possible routes of resolution through mediation or collaborative law, both of which aim to put you in control of negotiations and to empower you and your former spouse or partner to work together to decide the arrangements that best suit your circumstances.
Using mediation or collaborative law does not mean that you will lose the right to access legal advice, or that you will forgo the right to ask the court to intervene if you are unable to come to an agreement. You will have access to independent legal advice throughout the process, and have the right to refer the matter to court if you choose to do so.
Mediation or collaborative law are not suitable for everyone – in particular, they are not suitable for someone who is trying to escape an abusive or violent relationship. However, in many cases they can be helpful for:
  • working out the terms of a trial separation;
  • dividing assets on divorce; and
  • deciding arrangements for children.
 For a confidential discussion on separation or any family law problem, including issues of abuse or violence, please contact Mark Buttery at Ansons Solicitors in Cannock and Lichfield on 01543 431939 or email mbuttery@ansonssolicitors.com.
This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Good Divorce Week

As members of Resolution, the family law team at Ansons Solicitors in Staffordshire is committed to helping you to ease the burden of relationship problems. This is why we will be supporting Resolution’s campaign, Good Divorce Week.
This year, Good Divorce Week runs from 28 November to 2 December, and aims to raise awareness of the work Resolution and its associated solicitors do in resolving family law matters with a constructive, non-confrontational approach and campaigning for improvements to the family justice system.
On Wednesday 30 November, Resolution will be holding a lobby day in Parliament to campaign for no fault divorce and improving rights for cohabiting couples. Over 150 Resolution members will be travelling to Westminster to meet with their MP to support the cause.
To help to ensure that the lobby day gets as much media coverage as possible, Resolution are asking for family lawyers and clients to get involved on social media by using the hashtag ‘#abetterway’. They are also looking for clients to share their experience of Resolution. If you would like to share your story, either directly to the media or anonymously, please get in touch with one of our family law team.
For a confidential discussion about any family law problem contact Mark Buttery on 01543 431939 or email mbuttery@ansonssolicitors.com.
This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Top eight options for divorce legal costs – check for consultation fees

If divorce is on the horizon, your financial future may seem uncertain and funding legal fees can feel like a daunting prospect. That is why at Ansons Solicitors in Staffordshire, we believe in being clear about your cost options from the outset.
We offer a fixed fee initial consultation from our offices in LichfieldCannock and Sutton Coldfield. We also offer an attractive fixed fee divorce package so you can get the very best legal advice when you need it most.
However, getting divorced also involves financial separation and making arrangements for children. Resolving these complex issues is where legal costs can build up, depending on how events develop and how long it takes.
In this series of blogs, Laura Lambertfamily law solicitor at Ansons Solicitors, explains your options for covering the legal costs of divorce and what you can do to minimise them.

Check for consultation fees

Ansons Solicitors offer a free initial one-hour consultation at both our Lichfield and Cannock offices. We will also be offering confidential consultations by appointment only in Sutton Coldfield in the near future. Potential clients should be aware that not all solicitors offer a free consultation. Always ask if there is a fee when you book an appointment.
For more information on covering the costs of divorce, please contact Laura Lambert on 01543 431 996 or email llambert@ansonssolicitors.com.
This article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. It should not be used as a substitute for legal advice relating to your particular circumstances. Please note that the law may have changed since the date this article was published.