Family Law Solicitors

Family Law Solicitors

For a brighter future

Family law issues aren't simply legal hurdles; they're important events that can reshape your life and the lives of those you care about. From divorce and custody issues to financial settlements and adoption, each comes with its own set of emotional and practical challenges. That's why, at Switalskis, our specialised team is not only experts in the law but also skilled in understanding the human side of these complex issues.

Our aim is to make the legal journey as smooth as possible for you. We break down complicated legal terms into language you can easily understand. We also keep you updated throughout, so you never feel left in the dark.

To get started, give us a call us on 0800 138 0458 or get in touch via our website.

How Switalskis can help you

Family matters can be complex, but there is no need to navigate them alone. At Switalskis, we're more than just experts in the law; we're compassionate people who understand what you're going through..

Our dedicated team is here to guide you every step of the way. We'll break down your options and rights in plain English, tailoring our advice to your specific needs. You'll never be left in the dark because we're committed to answering all your questions and easing any concerns that you may have.

Many of our solicitors are members of Resolution, a respected network of family law specialists. This means you can rely on us for quality, up-to-date, and thoroughly professional advice. We're experienced in the many facets of family law, so you can trust us to provide the guidance that you need, no matter how complicated your situation might be.

What is family law?

Family law is the area of law that deals with family matters and relationships. It covers everything from marriage and civil partnerships to divorce and separation. But it's not just about couples; it also includes issues like child custody, contact arrangements, adoption and guardianship. In short, if it involves family relationships, family law probably has something to say about it.

You might think of family law as only being relevant if things go wrong, such as a divorce or child custody issues. However, it's also of relevance in happier times. For instance, if you're adopting a child or getting married, family law guides the legal processes in respect of these joyful events.

This area of law is particularly important because it has a direct impact on our daily lives and personal relationships. For example, if you're going through a divorce, you'll need to understand how assets are divided and what your parental responsibilities are. Family law sets the rules for how these complex issues are resolved, aiming for fair outcomes that consider everyone's best interests.

In the UK, family law can differ in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, each having their own set of laws and procedures. So, it's essential to consult with experts familiar with the particular laws in your jurisdiction.

The types of family law

Family law issues can vary in complexity and emotional toll, each having its own set of rules, challenges and things to think about. At Switalskis, we have the know-how to help you navigate a wide spectrum of family law matters. To give you an idea, here's a rundown of the different types of family law issues we can assist you with:

What will it cost me?

Concerned about the cost? Don’t be. We will discuss our fees openly with you from the first appointment so there will be no nasty surprises later on.

Everyone's situation is different, so we will talk through cost-related matters so that you get the full picture. We'll work out a plan that works for you and tell you the costs straight away.

We want to get this sorted quickly so you can make a clear choice, knowing what's involved. We keep our fees easy to understand so that you can be confident in knowing what you're paying for.

In the unlikely event that anything changes and there is a need to reconsider our charges, you will be the first to know and a discussion will take place with you before moving ahead.

How are family law cases usually resolved?

How long a family law case can take really depends on what you're dealing with. Some cases conclude quickly but others may take longer. Let us break down some general timeframes for you:

  • Divorce: this could take a few months to a year, depending on how complicated things get. If both sides agree on all the details, it will be a quicker process. But if there are disputes about property, children or money, this will affect the time estimate.
  • Child custody: again, if both parents can agree on the care arrangements for the children, the court is more likely to approve your plan quickly. If not, it could take several months to resolve.
  • Financial settlements: sorting out who gets what can take time. If you can't agree on matters, you may have to consider mediation or you may have to wait for a court date, which can add months to your timeline.
  • Adoption: this is a lengthy process, often taking more than a year. There are lots of checks and evaluations to make sure the child is going to a safe and loving home.
  • Domestic violence cases: these can be more urgent. Courts are usually quick to issue protective orders, sometimes on the same day you apply.
  • Prenuptial agreements: if you're sorting out financial matters before getting married, it's generally a quick process, taking maybe a few weeks to a couple of months. But please make sure you leave enough time before the big day to get it all sorted.

Start as early as you can and keep in touch with your solicitor regularly. We’ll give you a more accurate idea of timings based on your specific situation. And remember, at Switalskis, we aim to make this process as smooth and speedy as we can.

Is it possible to settle matters out of court?

You may wonder if family law cases must always go to court. The answer is no, not always. In fact, many family issues can be resolved without stepping inside a courtroom. Here's a simple guide to help you understand different options for resolution:

  • Mediation and negotiation: often, issues can be resolved by talking them through with a mediator or directly negotiating with the other party. This is less stressful and usually cheaper than going to court.
  • Collaborative law: this is another option that keeps you out of court. Both parties work with their own solicitors to come to an agreement that is fair for everyone.
  • Arbitration: a neutral third party makes decisions for you in a less formal setting than in a court. It can be quicker and more flexible.

Court is generally a final option when all other methods of resolution have failed or have been assessed as unsuitable. At Switalskis, we always aim for the least stressful, most efficient way to resolve your family issues and consider court only when it is absolutely necessary.

What is the role of a court in family law matters?

The role of a court in family law is to make impartial decisions when the parties are unable to agree on issues like divorce, child custody, financial settlements, and more. Here's a simple breakdown:

  • Final say: the court is often the final authority when parties can't come to an agreement through negotiation, mediation or other means.
  • Legal framework: the court applies the law to make sure everyone is treated fairly. This can include dividing assets or determining arrangements for children.
  • Dispute resolution: courts resolve disagreements. If you and the other party are stuck, the court will step in and make a decision based on the evidence presented.
  • Protection: in situations involving domestic violence or child abuse, the court can issue protective orders to keep you or your children safe.
  • Enforcement: once a decision is made, the court may make sure that the arrangement is adhered to, with possible legal consequences if it is not.
  • Urgent cases: in urgent or extreme situations, such as your safety or the safety of a child being at risk, the court can make 'emergency' decisions to provide immediate protection.
  • Review and modification: life changes and court orders might need to change too. Courts can review and modify arrangements like child support or custody based on new circumstances.

So, while many family issues can be resolved without going to court, the court serves as a critical safety net to maintain fair treatment, resolve disputes and provide protection when needed. At Switalskis, our solicitors will guide you through the court process if it becomes necessary, making sure you know what to expect every step of the way.

To get started, give us a call us on 0800 138 0458 or get in touch via our website.

Our Family Law Solicitors

Clare PeckettDirector and Solicitor
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Allan LayfieldDirector and Solicitor
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Toby NettingDirector and Solicitor
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Alison KitchmanSenior Solicitor
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Chris PrestonConsultant Solicitor
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Why Switalskis?

Family law issues can be hard, but you don't have to go it alone. At Switalskis, we offer straightforward, useful advice to guide you during this tough time.

Clarity in complexity

Family law has its own maze of legal rules. But we're here to make complex situations easy to understand. We'll be with you from the get-go, taking care of the paperwork and all the fine print, and keeping you updated at each step.

Empathy at every step

We understand that family law matters aren't just about the law; they're big life changes. Our solicitors aren’t just legal experts, but also great listeners. We focus on what you really need and tailor our services to fit your specific situation.

Expertise you can trust

We have been involved in family law for many years, we understand the laws surrounding marriage and separation. When you're dealing with important family issues, you need quality advice. Whatever your situation, we have the know-how to manage it smoothly.

Championing your rights

Our aim is to set you up for a brighter future after resolving your family law issues. We'll make sure you're fully protected by the law.

Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you're faced with a family law issue and would like personalised advice, get in touch with our team today.

Call us on 0800 1380 458 or get in touch through our website.

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