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Family & Matrimonial

Family & Matrimonial

Divorce, Separation and Finances

If you are involved in the breakdown of a relationship and are concerned about your financial and property arrangements and how it may affect any children that you have we can advise you regarding all types of family law matters including:

>> Divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships
>> Cohabitee disputes
>> Arrangements for children
>> Prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements

We have considerable experience in advising and representing clients from a range of financial backgrounds including the self employed, company directors and those with pension assets including police officers and the armed forces. As we are based in Morpeth we are also experienced in dealing with circumstances specific to those living in rural areas such as relationship breakdown in farming families.

It is tempting for many people to turn to the internet or speak to friends with a belief that legal advice will be unaffordable, yet it is important for those going through a separation to obtain legal advice on their rights and options from a specialist family solicitor. We offer a fixed fee initial appointment followed by written advice tailored to your individual circumstances. We will work with what you can afford and can agree what level of involvement from us suits you best. We can offer fixed fees for some cases and many clients pay by way of monthly instalments.

We try whenever possible to resolve matters amicably through negotiation and without Court Proceedings. We are members of Resolution, an organisation of 6500 family solicitors who are committed to dealing with family law disputes in a non confrontational way. Sarah Tweedie is also an accredited Resolution specialist. Where relevant we can refer you to mediation and work with you, the other party and the mediator to reach an agreement. However, if Court Proceedings are required we are experienced advocates and can represent you throughout the course of the proceedings.
 

Children

We are experienced in dealing with a wide range of cases relating to children and can advise on your rights and responsibilities relating to any child in your family. In addition to acting for parents we also act for family members including step parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Sarah Tweedie has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 2012 which means she is accredited to represent family members and children themselves in complex cases and has over 10 years of experience in the law relating to children.

These cases can involve decisions about where a child lives and also arrangements for spending time with parents or other family members. In some cases it can include the involvement of the local authority. Other cases relate to a specific issue such as whether a child should be taken on holiday or disputes over which school they attend. Whatever the dispute relating to arrangements for your children we are able to assist.
 

Injunctions and Domestic Violence

We deal with all aspects of work regarding domestic abuse and injunctions. We will act quickly and decisively in an emergency situation which can require an urgent same day Court application. We understand how difficult it can be to seek assistance in these circumstances dealing with difficult and personal situations. Sarah Tweedie can talk you through your options and help support the decision you make.

We offer direct solicitor contact and consistency of representation throughout your case from the first appointment in the office through to representation in Court if required.

If you need any assistance from our family Solicitors please contact Sarah Tweedie at our Morpeth Office.


David Auld and Co. supports family mediation and we work in partnership with Family Mediation North East.
FMNE www.familymediation-northeast.com

Family Mediation can help separated couples unravel and resolve disputes about issues such as contact with children and finance and property matters. Family mediation has a high success rate and is quicker and cheaper and less stressful than going to court.

We can assist by offering legal advice on the proposals discussed in mediation and by drafting documentation including agreements or Court Orders

Our firm offers tailored made cost limitation packages to support the mediation process. For more information about these packages call Sarah Tweedie on 01670505844 or contact us on sarah.tweedie@david-auld.co.uk

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