Family

We are here to guide you through difficult times.

Nobody said that family life is easy. When relationships are stretched to breaking point it can feel like there’s no one to turn to. That’s why we’re here: our trusted family law experts give honest advice when you need it most, sympathetically, discreetly and with compassion.

At Downs, we also know that everyone’s circumstances are different. Perhaps you feel that a divorce is the only way forward? Perhaps things aren’t quite what they used to be and you’ve decided to mediate before calling it a day? Maybe you are concerned about the welfare of your children? Whatever your situation, our family solicitors are experts in dealing decisively with your concerns, so that you can move on with your life.

Our family law experts can also help you plan for your future. If you want to marry or cohabit on your terms, our lawyers can help you set out in advance what happens to your finances if you split up: planning for tomorrow today through a pre-nup or a co-habitation agreement.

Our family law experts work with a number of delicate and difficult cases, but we can also help plan for a positive future ahead. When things feel as though they are in endless turmoil, our team can gather round you and be the guidance you need to keep you on a steady path.

Our services are based on honest advice when you need it most and solutions that are sympathetic, compassionate and discreet.

Our family law experts can help you in many aspects of family law including: 

Resolution: family law experts who resolve family problems in a sensitive, constructive and cost-effective way

All of our family lawyers are members of Resolution, a national association of family law experts which promotes a constructive and non-confrontational approach to family breakdowns.

Our goal is simple: we will always act in your interests and not ours. In suitable circumstances we also offer a fixed fee package for an uncontested divorce.

More from the Downs Blog

The pandemic is having quite an impact on families and relationships

There’s no doubt that the continuing “stay at home” orders have put a strain on relationships, but for those who are heading for divorce, the pandemic has been particularly difficult.

 

Are you a “Silver Splitter”?

Last Monday was National Divorce Day - so called because it is the first Monday “back to normal” after Christmas, the bills start landing on the doormat and frayed couples have spent too long in close proximity. However, as the numbers of separations are largely on the decline, it seems there is a rise in the “silver splitter” - and if you’re one of them, you might find you’re in for a financial windfall.

We are open

During these uncertain times, it is good to know you can count on us.

Even after the recent Government announcement of another national lockdown we remain open for business and are here to help you.

Will the no-fault divorce law be revived in time for next national divorce day

Monday 6 January was dubbed “Divorce Day” by those in the legal profession, as it is the day forecast to be the most likely that couples will start proceedings to separate. However, this year, Divorce Day saw something of a reunification, as the Government re-convened over introducing a “no-fault” divorce.

New decade, new divorce?

With Christmas behind us for another year, the prospect of long dark days of January can take their toll on the best of us. Plus, as the Christmas credit card bills start landing on the doormat, it’s hardly surprising to see why this time of year is also known as Divorce Season.

Why January really starts in November for divorce lawyers

One of the busiest times of the year for a family lawyer is January. There are more new divorce clients than at any other time of the year. This is often attributed to the pressure of the family being together at Christmas. Yule being the straw that broke the camel’s back.

The guide to a Happy Christmas for separated parents

Christmas and the lead up to it should be an exciting and memorable time for children and rewarding for their parents. Christmas is a busy and sometimes stressful period, getting everything prepared for the big day. For parents who have separated, this stress is magnified significantly as they try to organise themselves, their own families and agreeing what’s best for the children.

No-Fault Divorce Law passes through

Regular followers of Downs’ news will know that we have closely been following the law surrounding no-fault divorce. In an update published today the legislation will start to be introduced.

Things I wish I knew before I… got a divorce

In my line of work, I tend to see the statistic of one in three marriages ending in divorce in real life. Whilst many will say signing a pre-nup is one of many things they wish they knew before they get married quite often, separated parties will ask me things they need to know before they get divorced.

Things I wish I knew before I... Got Married

Weddings can be stressful enough. Organising venues, avoiding family mishaps and funding are just a few stumbling blocks many people come across – but after the wedding, there’s the actual marriage itself.

Thinking of marrying after retirement? Read this first

According to recent figures, men are more likely to get married after hitting the age of 80 than they were under the age of 20. As more of us consider marrying later in life, you might just want to make sure you check a few things before you do, including the security of children and inheritance rights.

Things I wish I knew before I... Got a Pre-nup

Prenuptial agreements, or pre-nups, have been increasing in popularity over recent years. Older people are marrying later in life and living together longer are just a couple of reasons why pre-nups have been thrown into the spotlight. So, when it comes to gathering a lifetime’s worth of assets, it is hardly surprising that people are increasingly looking to protect them.

The end of the Divorce "Blame Game"

Here at Downs Solicitors, we have been closely following the changes in the law surrounding “no blame” divorce – today we were really pleased to hear the news that the law will be changed.

What happens if... I have no "Legal Right" to get divorced?

Close followers of Downs’ blogs will know that we have been keeping an eye on the law surrounding divorce, particularly where no member of the party is at fault.

Divorce: Is it just too easy?

If you were keeping an eye on our legal updates during Christmas, you may have noticed we stuck to a slightly less festive topic. Divorce season is well and truly upon us and with a forecast spike in the number of separations, have we simply made divorcing a spouse far too easy?

Happy Divorce Day

Whilst the fun and festivities are over for another year, a number of people can find the effects of debt and stress finally take their toll. It is one of many reasons why this time of year is known as Divorce Season. However, there could be a solution to marriage breakdown and over the years I have certainly seen some of the simplest remedies become the most effective.

Another chapter open in no-blame divorce

Following on from our recent blog calling for a review of divorce law, more plans have now been revealed to address some of the outdated areas of the law.

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