We Provide a Caring And Sympathetic Approach
Mortimers can help you with issues such as divorce, dissolution and separation, co-habitation, children and financial matters in both Herefordshire and Shropshire and the surrounding areas.
We are skilled in court litigation but aim to deal with family law matters in a practical, non-confrontational way, resolving issues with as little conflict as possible. We want to obtain the right outcome for our clients as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, reducing the stress of the situation.
We are happy to meet with clients by telephone, online, in the office or at another venue suitable for you.
We offer a no obligation 60-minute consultation for a fee of £120.00 including VAT. If you are interested, please contact us to arrange an appointment.
We are able to offer Legal Aid to those clients who qualify from both our Hereford and Bridgnorth offices. For guidance on whether you could get Legal Aid, click here.
We specialise in the following fields:
- Division of Assets
- Pension Sharing Claims/Disputes
- Domestic Abuse/Injunctions
- Change of Name Deeds
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
Divorce or dissolution are often the inevitable consequences when a marriage or civil partnership has completely broken down. The process does not, however, need to be hostile or aggressive and indeed the new “no-fault” Divorce procedure aims to simplify the process and remove some animosity from the proceedings.
Our aim is not to create difficulties for parting couples, but to offer a supportive solution and a civilised exit to an unhappy situation. We aim to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome for you having regard to the best interests of any children that may be involved.
Some couples may decide to temporarily live separately, rather than to end their marriage formally. In this situation they may consider applying for judicial separation (via formal Court proceedings) or alternatively, seek a separation deed/agreement, prepared by legal advisers, which sets out the proposed terms of an agreed financial settlement, should it not prove possible to save the relationship. Whilst not necessarily providing a final and legally binding solution, we can prepare these agreements in such a manner as will provide as much security and certainty to the parties as possible.
We can assist with all aspects of separation, dissolution and divorce including advice and representation in relation to Separation Agreements, co-habitation matters, property disputes and the settlement of financial matters.
Division of Assets
Questions such as “What will happen to the marital home?”, “How will our marital assets be divided?” and “Should one party of the marriage receive maintenance from the other?” can be the most difficult and bitterly fought over issues when a marriage breaks down. We can assist by investigating all avenues with you and help to ensure that a fair and equitable solution is finally achieved.
Also, if you are looking to enter into marriage and wish to try to protect your pre-acquired assets before the wedding takes place, we can assist you in drawing up a Pre-Nuptial Agreement, if your future spouse is agreeable to this.
Pension Sharing Claims/Disputes
Often overlooked, the question of whether one party could either benefit or may have to share any element of their pension provision with their spouse or civil partner upon divorce or dissolution can also be hotly contested.
We can advise you as to whether any such claims are likely to succeed, and, if so, provide advice upon the likely extent of the same.
In addition to this, we can also recommend pension experts who can provide detailed reports into the parties’ respective pension assets, as this can quite often prove to be quite a complex and complicated area of potential dispute.
All too often children appear to be the unwitting casualties of parental differences. Making divorce, dissolution or separation easier for children is vital to protect their mental health and make the transition to co-parenting life easier.
• Help you make a co-parenting plan with your ex-partner to sort out where your children should live and how much time your children will spend with each parent.
• Help you resolve questions about your children’s upbringing, such as where they should go to school.
• Advise on financial provision for children, such as providing for lump sums and sorting out who should pay for school fees.
• Advise on children being taken abroad for long holidays or to live.
- Apply to family court for decisions about children, including:
- Child Arrangements Orders
- Prohibited Steps Orders
- Specific Issue Orders
• Advise on change of name deeds.
We can also advise grandparents about their options for spending time with their grandchildren.
We always ensure that any such advice we give is entirely child-centred and is based upon what is ultimately likely to be held to be in the best interests of the children concerned.
Increasingly couples are deciding to live together without the legal tie of marriage or civil partnership. Although many people refer to themselves as ‘common law’ partners, there is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage’ in England and Wales. If you live with your unmarried partner, you don’t have as many legal rights as spouses or civil partners.
We help people resolve cohabitation disputes upon relationship breakdown, including:
- Dividing your property and belongings.
- Property ownership matters.
- Arrangements for children.
We can also help you to draw up a “Cohabitation Agreement” at the outset of your relationship, which will help define how any property held by you both would be split in the event of any future relationship breakdown, with the aim of avoiding further potentially costly Court litigation.
Domestic abuse takes all forms, from coercive control, to physical violence. If you have been made to feel scared, hopeless or been abused by someone close to you, we can help you take legal action to protect yourself and your children.
We can advise on your rights and, if necessary, help you seek protection from the court including:
- Injunctions/non-molestation orders – to prevent someone from coming near you or doing certain things, such as contacting you.
- Occupation orders – to exclude someone from your home, whether you rent or own, even if you live there together.
We can represent you at court and offer appointments on an urgent basis.
People experiencing domestic abuse are often able to get Legal Aid to help pay for their legal advice.
Change of Name Deeds
We can advise and assist you with a Change of Name Deed for both adults and children.
We offer a competitive fixed fee to prepare and implement a Change of Name deed for adults.
Specialist advice is needed before a child’s name is changed as this may be a more complicated process depending on your circumstances. It will require the written consent of all people who have parental responsibility for the child and, if consent cannot be obtained, you will need to consider applying for a court order. We can assist with this.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Where appropriate we will encourage you to resolve your disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). ADR is an umbrella term which refers to various methods of resolving conflicts peacefully and constructively, outside of court.
This could be in the form of Mediation; a structured negotiation session involving you, your partner and a trained mediator whose role it is to referee the discussion. We can offer help and support throughout the mediation process.
ADR is only effective when both parties are willing to cooperate but if successful, you will save yourself a great deal of time, money and stress that can be involved with court proceedings.
ADR is not always a possibility, so if your dispute has already escalated beyond negotiation, we have the experience and expertise necessary to protect your interests.