Family law is varied and diverse, covering everything from cohabitation agreements and children’s legal matters to divorce and civil partnership dissolutions. Our experienced team of specialist family lawyers can provide advice and assistance on a broad spectrum of family matters.
We understand that difficulties can arise within a relationship and that issues concerning your children can cause stress, upset, confusion and instability. We appreciate the need to approach each client’s circumstances on an individual basis and the impact that good legal advice can have on future arrangements and relationships. We offer a tailored service that aims to address all of your concerns and give you the specific help that can benefit your case.
How are we different?
We are approachable, sympathetic and will work with you to provide the most appropriate advice and assistance to get the best possible outcome. Within our team, we have:
- Advanced members of the Law Society Family Panel
- Resolution members and accredited specialists
- Adult and children representatives on the Law Society Children Panel
- A collaborative family lawyer
All of this expertise means that Foys Solicitors are able to provide you with the support and advice that you need.
Our family team can advise and assist you with the following:
When you’re dealing with personal difficulties, working with a family solicitor who is professional and knowledgeable can help to reduce the stress of a divorce, as well as give you a bit more clarity about the situation and about what your next course of action should be. At Foys, we can help you navigate the law, guide and support you through the process, and advise you on how you should proceed with your case.
- Collaborative law
As experts in collaborative law, Foys Solicitors can help you reach a sufficient divorce settlement without having to go to court. This means that we’ll work with you to assess what you expect from your divorce settlement (in regards to future finances, child custody etc.) and then represent you and also mediate for you throughout the process. Using collaborative law sufficiently and communicating with your spouse in this way can prevent further litigation and can save you money.
- Civil partnerships
Similar to a divorce, a civil partnership can be dissolved if either partner is no longer satisfied with the relationship. Our team of family solicitors will help you through the dissolution process and give you personalised advice pertaining to your particular situation.
- Separation agreements
If it’s proving difficult to stay together in your relationship, but you haven’t decided whether or not to end it completely, a separation agreement could be a good temporary solution. A separation agreement outlines who is responsible for certain financial arrangements while you remain separated. These arrangements could include childcare, rent/mortgage payments, debt/loan payments, how to deal with joint savings and what to do with shared items such as furniture or cars.
Foys can work with you to construct a separation agreement that benefits both parties. We understand that deciding to separate is never easy and that each couple has different circumstances and requirements. Therefore, you can trust that we will assess your case individually and give you the best professional advice possible to help you through this tough time.
- Premarital agreements
For a couple in the process of getting married, getting a divorce doesn’t bear thinking about. However, many couples choose to draw up a premarital, or prenuptial, agreement before tying the knot. This agreement outlines how assets should be divided in the event of a divorce. Having a premarital agreement can make divorce proceedings easier, which is a big reason why some people may choose to put one in place. At Foys, we’re experienced and well versed in drawing up premarital agreements that are tailored to your situation. We can advise you on what to include within the agreement and support you through any decision you need to make as part of the agreement.
- Cohabitation agreements
Today, many couples choose to live together and remain unmarried. In cases such as these, couples may wish to create a cohabitation agreement, especially if shared assets and/or children are involved. Foys can help you create an agreement that clarifies what happens if the relationship comes to an end or if a partner dies.
- Financial matters
Following the end of a marriage or civil partnership, there may be some issues regarding finances, particularly when deciding who is entitled to specific assets. Foys family solicitors recognise that no two divorce or dissolution cases are the same, which is why we endeavour to understand all of your needs and to become familiar with the ins and outs of your case. We have the expertise to help find a solution that works best for you, and will put your mind at ease by providing the necessary assistance to make this an easy and pain free process.
- Domestic violence and injunctions
If you are experiencing domestic violence, Foys Solicitors can help. We can advise you on the options available and can even rapidly issue an injunction to ensure that you receive protection from the court. Whatever your situation, whether you are financially dependent on the abuser or if you have children who rely on you, we can assess your unique case and give you the support and the best guidance possible to protect you during this difficult time.
- Children’s legal matters
Whether you are going through a divorce case where children are involved, are dealing with certain arrangements for a child, are thinking about adopting, or need some advice where social services are involved, Foys Solicitors can give you the advice you need and can support you completely.
Our main priority is to ensure the safety and welfare of the child, and to work through the case in a way that offers the best solution for all parties involved. Our aim is to provide legal assistance that is informative and that leaves you feeling stress-free.
- Change of name
Legally changing your name, or that of your child, doesn’t have to be difficult. We can help you with understanding the law and the steps to take, as well as take you through the paperwork.
No need to worry about solicitor fees
We understand that the prospect of incurring legal fees can be daunting at such a difficult time, which is why we offer a range of competitive fixed fees (starting from just £200, including VAT) to provide you with some peace of mind. We also offer legal aid wherever possible, which is subject to eligibility criteria set out by the Legal Aid Agency. Please contact us to arrange a free initial consultation to discuss your situation. During this consultation we can verbally advise on what further advice or action may be needed and whether or not legal aid is available to you.