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Family Law

Family Lawyers in St Helens

Family issues are often complex and emotional situations and choosing the right family law solicitor is one thing less to concern yourself with when handling these issues. Whether it’s advice following a relationship breakdown, a financial or property dispute or problems relating to children, Hattons offers friendly and focused help every step of the way.

Divorce

If you and your spouse wish to get divorced and have lived together for a year, our team will help you find the best options with regards to divorce proceedings. Thanks to our expertise and experience, we have seen several of these cases and understand the five grounds for divorce. When your marriage has broken down, and there is no chance the two of you can work it out together, allow our family solicitors based in St Helens to help you through this emotional and confusing time.

Financial Settlements

The division of financial assets is a stressful experience. Let the professionals at Hattons Solicitors assist in making sure that you are taken care of during this portion of your divorce. Allowing us to step in keeps you from being subjected to the courts. If the two of you cannot come to a reasonable solution, then we will help you submit your application for settlement with the Courts. Our team will help by giving you all your options and answering any questions you may have about financial situations pertaining to the divorce, such as monetary support for children, businesses, and property.

Property Disputes (Even Those Outside of Unmarried Couples)

Hattons Solicitors will help you with property disputes even if you and the other party are not in a married relationship. We highly suggest having a Living Together Agreement before you move in together to help lessen the need for the Courts. If there was not one drawn up though, we are happy to assist in splitting up the property, money, and other personal belongings.

Child Law

It is essential to understand that in family law, the Courts will always favour the welfare of children, and their decision will take into account what is best for them. That being said, we often try not involving the Courts to stop children from facing the ordeal of going through the proceedings. Hattons Solicitors has their best interest at heart and can help with paternity disputes, child access or contact, parental responsibility, and the rights of grandparents or step-parents.

Cohabitation Law

Unmarried couples do not have the same rights as married ones, and when you split, it is best to get a solicitor or family lawyer to make sure you receive proper treatment. We have experience dealing with issues like who has contact with children, how to split residential and personal property, and physical violence threats.

Dissolution of a Civil Partnership

When you need to organise the dissolution of a civil partnership, count on Hattons Solicitors to help you get prepared for the Courts and prove the irretrievable breakdown of the relationship whether due to separation, desertion, or unreasonable behaviour. We can also help organise mediation if both parties are willing to sit down and have the discussion.

Domestic Abuse Law

We are here to help with domestic abuse proceedings, whether it has happened once or multiple times in your relationship. It is vital to see help as soon as possible, especially if there are children involved in the abuse or they are impacted by having to watch. Domestic abuse is also not limited to physical violence, and psychological can sometimes be more damaging. We will always start these types of cases by filing for an injunction to have the other party removed from the house and general vicinity in hopes that you can heal and feel safer.

Family Mediation

Court proceedings can quickly become expensive, and if both parties of the relationship can work together civilly, then we can set up family mediation to resolve issues such as division of financial and personal assets or arrangements for children after the official separation. This is a necessary step if you are considering filing applications like Financial Orders or Child Arrangement Orders.

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