Divorce Solicitors Bedford
The breakdown of any relationship can be very upsetting and emotions can run high. We are sympathetic and sensitive to the issues that you face and are committed to assisting you during this difficult period. We are well-established as a leading firm of divorce solicitors in Bedford, and can help the entire process to run as smoothly as possible.
Divorce is the legal process of dissolving a marriage. Dissolution is the legal process of terminating a civil partnership. The divorce/dissolution procedure will bring the marriage/civil partnership to an end but in itself will not resolve any additional issues such as finances or arrangements for the children.
These issues will need to be dealt with separately, alongside the divorce/dissolution procedure. We understand that separation, divorce or dissolution can be stressful and we strive to make the process easier by giving clear, accurate and tailored advice and assistance about the procedure.
Our firm of Bedford solicitors can draw up separation agreements which set out how you will arrange finances, property and the care of any children. These written agreements will help to ensure that both parties understand what has been agreed.
When you separate and divorce/dissolve your civil partnership you will need to resolve financial matters. This can be done in a number of different ways which might mean that you agree a settlement between the two of you. You might wish to negotiate with the assistance of our divorce solicitors or you might prefer to attend mediation. As a last resort we can assist you in making an application to the court for the court to determine the matter.
Children & Divorce/Dissolution
The court no longer makes orders for custody and access on divorce. As parents of children born during your marriage you both continue to have parental responsibility for those children. The parents are encouraged to agree the arrangements for the children between themselves and it is only when this is not possible that the court will make an order. This will be after one of the parents has applied to the court for a specific order relating the children. There is a “no order” principle which means that a court would only consider making an order when there is no alternative
It is expected that parents will contribute financially to maintain the children. You as parents can agree that between you but if that is not possible, an application can be made to the Child Support Agency. The court will only with financial support for children under special circumstances.
Finance & Divorce/Dissolution
If you cannot agree a financial settlement then you should try to resolve your dispute in mediation but if that proves impossible then a court application can be made.
If you have entered into a civil partnership you have acquired similar rights to a heterosexual married couple in relation to tax, inheritance, immigration, pensions and state benefits.
The options open to you on dissolution of the partnership are as above with heterosexual married couples.
For more details about the services offered by our divorce solicitors in Bedford, including preparing separation agreements, get in touch today.