Entering into an agreement in anticipation of your marriage can be a sensible and practical decision if you wish to protect pre-acquired wealth or inherited property from financial claims in the event of divorce. These agreements are becoming increasingly common particularly if there has been assistance from family to purchase of property. Family courts currently retain discretion in matrimonial finance cases however, the law is changing and if an agreement is properly entered into and considered fair, then there is a greater chance that weight will be attached to such an agreement by the courts.
These agreements are often entered into by couples following a marriage but before separation. This may have been because there was a separation but the parties subsequently reconciled. If the agreement is fair and has been properly entered into, the court is more likely to attach weight to such an agreement.
Our family team can assist in advising and drafting pre and post nuptial agreements.
If you and your partner are moving in together, have a child(ren) together and/or purchase property together, it is sensible to consider entering a cohabitation agreement. This can deal with income, property, belongings or children. Our family lawyers are able to advise and assist with drafting of such agreements
When you are ending a marriage or partnership this can have a major impact on your life emotionally and financially. ITN has a team of experts able to offer a professional and understanding service to guide you through this process.
ITN are able to offer legal services when you are going through the Court process of financial assets being distributed between parties. Please contact one of our experts today to find out how we are able to help you.
Dealing with children issues following the breakdown of a relationship can be a stressful time and negotiations relating to children need to be handled sensitively. Our experienced lawyers will provide you with an empathetic and practical approach in order to assist you and identify solutions best suited to you and your children.
There have been significant legal developments in recent times for individuals in same sex relationships with both the introduction of civil partnership in 2004 and same sex marriage in 2014. Our dedicated team has represented a number of same-sex clients in private children matters.
We can help you when your partner decides to relocate or if you are worried about your former partner abducting your child. This is a complex area of law and ITN’s family lawyers will provide you with advice on cases of child abduction and the appropriate procedure required.
We have specialist knowledge in advising parents, children, family members and children’s guardians in care proceedings. ITN's expert team can advise on any practical and urgent steps that need to be taken within the proceedings and aim to help you understand the process and make informed decisions.
The adoption process is a complex and niche area of family law usually involving a lengthy procedure from beginning to end.
It is now a requirement that you should attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) before proceedings are issued. Please contact ITN Solicitors today to speak to a member of our team about this service.