If you’re looking for legal advice about a complicated family situation our Cambridge family lawyers -can help no matter what your circumstances. Whether you’re navigating a divorce or making major decisions about your child’s future, we’re here to help.
Call the Slater and Gordon Lawyers office in Cambridge on 01223 653 230 for an initial consultation, or use our online contact form and we’ll get in touch with you. For help and support outside of office hours, our Freephone line on 0808 175 8000 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need us, we won’t let you down.
How can we help?
Our family law team in Cambridge specialise in this area of the law and have built up a strong reputation as experts in their field. When only a skilled and experienced family lawyer will do, choose Slater and Gordon. We’ve expertise in a wide range of areas, including:
Divorce, financial settlements and separation agreements
If you’ve filed for divorce or your partner has petitioned you for divorce, it’s essential to seek the right legal advice immediately. Contact our Cambridge family lawyers on 01223 653 230 for expert advice you can rely on, and for representation during any court hearings, mediation or settlement negotiations.
During a divorce, there are many parts of the process you may need legal assistance with. These include:
- Fairly dividing shared savings, pensions and other finances
- Deciding what to do with property, from who’ll live in the family home to what proportion of a property’s sale price each person will receive
- Assigning ownership of other items such as vehicles, valuable jewellery, furniture or family heirlooms
- Deciding who’ll be responsible for shared debts and in what proportion
- Childcare arrangements, such as who children will live with and access arrangements
- Financial support for children and dependents
- Arrangements for couples who own a business together.
Making these kinds of major decisions without a skilled solicitor by your side can be very difficult. In fact, some couples find it impossible to settle disputes in divorce cases. If emotions are running high, it’s easy to reach an impasse or for talks to break down. Our Cambridge family lawyers can help to guide you through the process and use mediation, negotiation, litigation (if necessary) and years of experience to reach the right resolution quickly.
Issues involving children
Outside of the issues affecting children during a divorce, you may also need the services of a skilled family lawyer in upholding children’s rights, tackling safeguarding problems or in deciding child arrangements.
Whatever the situation, our children’s lawyers here in Cambridge can help. Contact our family law solicitors on 01223 653 230 or use our online contact form and we’ll set up an initial consultation.
Help for cohabiting couples
Our family solicitors here in Cambridge can help you and your partner to draw up what’s known as a cohabitation agreement. This is a document designed for unmarried couples who live together but aren’t offered the legal protection that married people enjoy, and outlines what’ll happen to money, children and property if you should separate.
Making a cohabitation agreement is a good way to ensure peace of mind should you separate. If you’d like to talk to an experienced family solicitor about cohabitation agreements, please contact our Cambridge team of family lawyers.
When to seek urgent advice
If you’re facing domestic violence or abuse, it’s essential to seek legal advice right away. Our family lawyers are approachable, compassionate and have extensive experience with domestic violence. They can help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Please call 01223 653 230 or our out of hours Freephone number on 0808 175 8000.
You may also need urgent legal advice if you’re facing separation and you’ll be left without somewhere to live or the right financial support, or if your ex-partner isn’t giving you proper access to your children. If you were married abroad or have a lot of assets, seeking the right legal assistance from a Slater and Gordon solicitor is absolutely crucial.
Mediation and constructive negotiation
For many families, litigation isn’t the most effective way to resolve a problematic situation. Our family lawyers have successfully resolved many cases in court, but they’re equally skilled at helping clients to avoid litigation if it’s not in their best interests. Court cases can be expensive and drawn-out, as well as increasing the amount of stress, upset and animosity between family members involved in the case.
So, what’s the alternative to litigation? Our specialist family solicitors in Cambridge are renowned for their holistic approach to the application of family law. We often use mediation and constructive negotiation to reach resolutions in a quicker and more cost-effective way than taking a case to court.
Mediation’s a form of alternative dispute resolution that enables people to discuss their issues outside of the courts and reach a solution. It’s a structured yet intuitive process in which a third party assists families in resolving disputes. It takes place in a safe, neutral space and all parties are encouraged to participate.
Constructive negotiation is suitable when two people or groups of people cannot reach a mutually agreed solution, such as the terms of a divorce. Just like mediation, it involves round-the-table discussions guided by a third party who’s highly trained in constructive negotiation techniques. The goal is to reach a settlement that everyone’s happy with.
Many of our Cambridge family lawyers are members of an organisation called Resolution, which champions this non-confrontational approach to family law practice.
Here at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, we’re firm believers in tailoring our services to suit the exact and unique needs of each client and their families. To discuss the ways we can help you to resolve a family law issue, please call our Cambridge office on 01223 653 230 or contact us online. Alternatively, you can call our experts on Freephone 0808 175 8000.