Divorce and Separation
The breakdown of a marriage can be a traumatic experience; managing to get through the day can be a trial. Yet in this environment you are expected to make important decisions about the practical and financial implications of separation. Family and friends will give you advise intended to be helpful but which often causes confusion. Talk to our family law specialist Carol Maher. She will listen, in order to understand what you are going through and what your concerns are, and then give you clear information and advice so you understand your options and can make decisions with confidence.
Carol will help to resolve complicated issues regarding financial and property matters and, where required, practical arrangements for children. Whilst your needs will always be the priority, and Carol will achieve the right outcome for you if court proceedings cannot be avoided, her professional, sympathetic advice is geared towards finding the best solutions for your whole family, minimising unnecessary resentment, anger and expense.
If you are not sure the relationship has irretrievably broken down, or you are not ready to divorce, you may still need to resolve the financial issues. If so, it is important you seek advise from Carol before negotiating or entering into any formal Separation Agreement as such an agreement is likely to be upheld by a court in subsequent divorce proceedings.
You may need help coping with the situation, or reconciliation might be possible, and perhaps some form of marriage counselling or guidance will assist. If so, Carol can refer you to a counsellor. At Chenery Maher we really do care how you manage when you leave our office, which is why we work closely with the counsellor Susan Clarke, as we know you may need more than just legal advice. See 'Trusted Partners' for Susans contact details and how she can help.
With over thirty years experience, Carol is an accredited member of specialist family law panels Resolution, an association committed to promoting a non-confrontational atmosphere in which family law matters are dealt with in a sensitive way to achieve a positive outcome, and also of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel, which ensures that her legal skills, knowledge and experience have been rigorously and independently assessed. Contact Carol on 01200 422264 or drop into our office in Clitheroe.