Sadly many people will find themselves needing to attend Court for the first time in the coming months following the usual January surge in couples separating after the Christmas break.
In England and Wales, the Family Court deals with most family proceedings including Divorce, Dissolution of Civil Partnerships, Adoption, Child Arrangement Orders and Care and Supervision Orders.
When a relationship breaks down it can be an extremely emotional and stressful time, so the prospect of starting divorce proceedings can seem daunting. For people unfamiliar with the divorce process, it is crucial they understand the importance of complying with Court deadlines and dates.
The Court can impose strict penalties if deadlines and dates are missed without a valid reason so it is important Court permission to have dates and deadlines changed is sought well in advance.
The Court will always expect a valid reason for any changes. Just because permission to change dates and deadlines has been sought, this doesn’t mean the Court will always allow a change.
A recent example was shown when Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher was fined $5,000 by a Judge in New York after he failed to attend a child support hearing. The singer was due to attend a court in Manhattan on Monday but failed to show up to the meeting because he was ‘anxious and depressed.’ Reports claim this was not the first hearing he had missed and the Judge in question refused to acknowledge his excuse as sufficient.
As well as fines and costs orders, the Family Court in England and Wales can also impose penalties such as not allowing people to give evidence at final hearings or deciding on important issues in their absence without their input.
As one of the largest, most experienced teams of Family Lawyers in the UK, we can help clients plan and prepare for hearings and explain the whole process to you, advising you on your rights and all the options you have available.
There are also various charitable organisations which can offer guidance and moral support. If you are feeling at a loss or confused as to what to do, we would advise that you should always try and access some of the resources available, rather than simply ignoring the issue.
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Written by expert Family & Divorce Solicitors at Slater and Gordon UK, Family Law Made Simple focuses on the essential aspects of the law that people need to know when going through a separation or divorce as well as outlining how the process will work, step by step.
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Cara Nuttall is a Senior Family & Divorce Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.
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