Our specialist family team advises individuals on relationship breakdown and related children and financial issues.
Relationship breakdown is very stressful. It can affect our ability to get on with the day job and is an added pressure to our already pressured lives. As well as the present, it affects our future; we will need to make critical decisions about our personal and business lives. Getting it right is important. Having the right support is key.
Our family law team is regarded as one of the top teams in Birmingham and is regularly recognised with top rankings in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. We believe our success is based on a practical yet compassionate approach, good working relationships and, most importantly, treating all clients, regardless of status, with respect. We work in partnership with you, recognising that many clients can undertake some of the more transactional work themselves, coming to us where we can add value.
Our main expertise is in advising fellow professionals and business owners, often with complex commercial or trust related structures. More recently we are being approached to advise on preventative, proactive steps that can be taken pre-marriage to safeguard family interests.
Going to court is a last resort for us. A whole range of activities starting, where possible, for example around the kitchen table, can result in early agreement although we recognise most people will have exhausted some of those possibilities before coming to us. Being able to ‘do business’ with your soon to be ex is critical where children are concerned.
With the largest team of Accredited Family Mediators in the Midlands, we can help with negotiations before divorce proceedings/civil partnership dissolution, including Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs), which are now a compulsory part of the court-application process. Our mediators are also able, where appropriate, to speak to children directly.
For more information about how our team can help you, or make an appointment, please contact us.
Changes to Legal Aid funding
From 1 April 2013, the availability of public funding (“legal aid”) for a range of areas of law for individuals on low incomes was overhauled with the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. This has affected the funding of many new cases. For further information, see our useful Changes to Legal Aid guide.
As a respected law firm, our solicitors are passionate about delivering expert legal advice to support you every step of the way. Our experienced team has the knowledge, experience and sensitivity to assist individuals and their families through periods of uncertainty and difficulty.
I feel like you have been on this journey with me and I most certainly would recommend your firm for anyone else I know who needs divorce representation. You have been amazing and don’t know what I would have done without you. To think I have cleared my name and character, got my children back, finalised the divorce, sorted financial matters its been the most difficult time of my life but with your help we have been successful.Mr A.
Thank you for all of your work securing my clean break. I am extremely grateful that everything concluded in the way it has and thank you for making this so. Should any of my friends and associates find themselves in a similar, perplexing position, I will recommend the services of you and your practice whole heartedly.Mr F.
Frequently asked questions
How long does the process last?
A typical divorce and civil partnership dissolution normally takes six to eighteen months to complete depending on the issues involved. You can find out more about the divorce process here.
How do you deal with child matters?
Child matters are dealt with in a conciliatory manner where possible, keeping stress to a minimum. We encourage negotiation and mediation as a means to settlement.
What are the main challenges facing couples engaging in divorce?
A fault-based approach is still required in cases where parties want an immediate divorce. Elizabeth Wyatt, Partner, outlines why this, and other factors, provide challenges to couples facing divorce here. There are additional challenges to those same-sex relationships, and we have discussed those separately here.
What measures are available to clients to protect their finances before or during marriage?
Any measure created in contemplation of divorce, or within a relatively short period before it, is potentially reviewable by the court if it is intended to defeat a spouse’s claim for financial relief. Elizabeth Wyatt discusses what measures are available to clients to protect their finances before or during a divorce here.
Member of the life stage planning team and an Accredited Family Mediator.
We have been recognised for the work we do
I have just finished watching the lovely Christopher Eccleston on BBC iPlayer’s Come Home (#spoileralert in case you haven’t seen it yet). It’s about a family where, rather unusually, the mother leaves the marriage, her home and most shockingly, her children.
Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) won four awards at the Birmingham Law Society Awards last night (8 March 2018), including Law Firm of the Year (16 partners or more).
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