Family Law

Families come in all shapes and sizes and no-one's story is the same as anyone else's. Sometimes we make mistakes in loving and trusting another person and sometimes we need more than simply common sense and determination to untangle our lives.

At our Family Law Clinic you can talk through your situation and get advice on what you need to do.

Our family team led by Penny Mackinder a consultant solicitor of many years' experience can help if family problems need to be sorted out through the courts, or we can help you take steps to avoid having to go to court whenever possible.

Before you start

Some people may attend marriage preparation through a religious community, but most people do not. Even with help, if your marriage or partnership breaks down, you may feel that you were not really prepared for the realities. It is possible to make an agreement at the beginning of a marriage or civil partnership, or indeed setting up home together without marrying or civil partnership, that sets out what you agree about children, property and finance or indeed anything else that matters to you such as pets and treasured possessions. This may be called a pre-nuptial agreement, a post-nuptial agreement, or a cohabitation agreement

Children

If you have a child with someone you may find that neither of you is ready to start or carry on family life together, but you still both want what is best for your child or children. We can help sort out joint parenting for separated couples at whatever stage of their child's life they need to do so. This used to be labelled “Custody, and Access, and Maintenance” and these are still words used in everyday life. The law and the courts however now talk in terms of a Child Arrangement Order to set out where a child lives and how much time he or she spends with different family members. The child's needs are the most important thing. It may help to talk things through with your fellow parent with the help of a mediator

When things start to go wrong

If you are having problems with your husband, wife or civil partner then you may first of all want to try and sort things out with the help of relationship counsellors such as Relate, or Church based services or help through the NHS.

Breaking up

If however things really are too bad to go on living together we can help you put together a separation agreement which would also cover what you agree about children, property and finance or indeed anything else that matters to you such as pets and treasured possessions. If you are in a legally binding relationship whether marriage or civil partnership we can help you untie the knot by Divorce or dissolution.

Money and houses

If you are ending a legally binding relationship then you can also ask the courts to resolve your finance and property problems however many years of experience have shown us that going through court is the most expensive option both in money and emotional cost. We can help you sort out those issues by discussing and negotiating. If we can do that then the agreement you reach can be made into a final and legally binding consent order.

If you and your partner are not in a legally binding relationship whether marriage or civil partnership then the law is different, but again we can help with children through a Child Arrangement Order and with money and your home using a law called the Trusts of Land (Appointment of Trustees) Act – and don't worry, you don't need to have a Trust document nor to appoint any trustees!

Other ideas

Whenever we think you would be better helped by a Legal Aid lawyer or mediator or arbitration or collaborative law we will tell you straight away and help you find the best person or arrangement for your life.

Paying for help

We have a number of ways of helping you to pay for our advice

And finally

A famous novelist wrote “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Whether you agree or not, at Clinton Davis Pallis we will try to help your family to find a way to be as happy as possible.

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Contact our Solicitor

Primary Contact:  Penny Mackinder
Telephone: 020 8342 5800
Fax: 020 8341 2605
E-mail: family.law@clintondavispallis.co.uk

Resources

support and information regarding separation
information about the process of divorce/separation
information about child maintenance
support and information regarding separation
general information regarding finances
useful tools and information
general and practical advice about separation
www.relate.org.uk/

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Family Law Clinic

Family law Clinic- our weekly sessions are flourishing.

Every Wednesday from 10 am until 4 pm we run a session where for £75 plus vat

Those with family problem can attend/pop in and be given advice  and support on any family issues they may have.

This advice is being given by an experienced Family Solicitor who has a specialism in Family Law

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Crouch End Family Practitioner

It was reported http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/24/judge-ex-wife-millionaire-work that Mrs Tracey Wright was told that she could not appeal against a decision of a Judge that she would have to go out and get a job. The case made the news because her ex-husband is a millionaire race horse veterinary surgeon and he had at one point been ordered to pay her maintenance for her lifetime, over and above the maintenance and expenses for their children.

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Crouch End Family Practitioner

Child Abuse enquiry appoints Chairman.

Home Secretary Theresa May had a troubled start looking for someone with the skills and experience to run a major enquiry, into the appallingly difficult issue of child abuse in the past and any possible covering up of such crimes,  who was not associated with the British “establishment”.

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Crouch End Family Practitioner

Child Abuse enquiry appoints Chairman.

Home Secretary Theresa May had a troubled start looking for someone with the skills and experience to run a major enquiry, into the appallingly difficult issue of child abuse in the past and any possible covering up of such crimes,  who was not associated with the British “establishment”.

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Crouch End Family Practitioner

Unmarried parents head fastest growing type of family.

 

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Family Law Clinic

Our Family Law Clinic is now operating on a Wednesday.

We have set this up because we feel that we can offer a reasonably priced service  which will be supportive and provide a quick and responsive advice to those in need of assistance withl Family issues.

As legal aid has been withdrawn from most categories of family assisatnce too many people have to attend Family Courts unrepresented which causes delay and and also means that those unrepresented are at the mercy of the courts .The absence of an advocate on behalf of party to family proceedings is unjust and unfair.

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Our Family Law Clinic Kicking Off This Month

Our weekly Family Law Clinic kicks off tomorrow, 21 January. 

We have teamed up with consultant solicitor Penny Mackinder, who has practised in Nottingham for many years and more recently around the London area, to offer a fixed price Family Law Clinic on a non-appointment basis. The service will offer one hour's advice for a modest fixed fee of £75.00 inclusive of VAT (£62.50 + VAT £12.50) although to make it viable we are going to insist that the fee is paid in advance of the session on the day. We will also to see valid identification and verification of address at the time.

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Home Office Fails to Appoint Person for Inquiry into Abused Children

The failure of the Home Office to appoint a person to preside over the Inquiry into Abused Children is symptomatic of this Governments failure to run the administration Justice. The Ministry of Justice have cut staff and legal aid leading to massive delays in Justice.In local Crown Courts those on bail have to wait at least ten months before their cases are heard .This means justice is delayed and evdience become difficult to deliver.