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Divorce

Dealing with a marriage breakdown can be challenging and often confusing, this is why our experienced specialist divorce team are here to help you every step of the way. At the outset of your case we will guide you through a variety of options to find a way of sensitively ending the relationship that works best for you and your family (including, most importantly any children of the marriage).

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Where children are concerned it is always important to have at the forefront of your mind that although as a couple you and your spouse may be separating, you will still continue to be parents after your divorce and will always have that connection.

When facing the breakdown of a marriage it is important that you understand the divorce process and your options so that you can be empowered to make informed decisions for the benefit of you and your family as a whole.

We recognise that every family is different, and we can assure you that we will tailor our advice to meet your specific needs (we do not take a “one size fits all” approach).Let us take the weight off your shoulders and advise you in relation to the next steps so that with peace of mind you are in a better position to manage the understandable financial concerns, emotions and stress of the breakdown of your relationship.

As a leading commercial firm in South-East Wales we have the full range of in-house legal services to compliment our bespoke matrimonial advice, provided by our specialist Property, Wills/Succession planning, Corporate, Agricultural, Data Defence and Dispute Resolution teams. We will provide you with holistic advice to assist with all legal matters that may arise upon divorce.

We have an enviable network of links to market-leading local experts such as Counsellors, Therapists, Financial Advisers, Tax Advisers, Accountants, Surveyors and Pensions on Divorce Experts (PODEs) to ensure that we can build a team to support you to assist with all aspects of your personal and financial circumstances following a relationship breakdown.

Our friendly RDP family team will be transparent and clear regarding our pricing at the outset of your matter and we will always keep you regularly updated regarding costs at all times (so there will be no nasty surprises).

Our specialist divorce solicitor services:

At all times your case will be conducted by a Resolution - First for Family Law accredited specialist in family law (one of only a few Resolution accredited expert divorce lawyers in South-East Wales).

You will receive specialist advice regarding issues such as:

  • The divorce process and how to navigate this in a constructive and cost-effective way with a view to minimising bitterness.
  • Addressing any concerns regarding your children and their future living arrangements and throughout the divorce process your children will be the first (and most important) consideration.
  • How best to resolve the financial aspects of your divorce and ensure that you and any dependants are financially secure for the future.
  • How to achieve a fair financial outcome that meets the needs of both parties and any dependants, without you feeling that the other party has been “greedy” or “unjust”.
  • Protecting your assets/inheritance prospects for the future.
  • Pensions and divorce.
  • Business assets and divorce.
  • Farming and divorce.
  • Personal safety and protection for you and your family (e.g. seeking an injunction)

We will discuss with you what options such as mediation, collaborative law, arbitration and/or negotiations via solicitors’ correspondence will be best suited to help you hopefully reach an out of court, cost-effective and amicable financial settlement to put you on the right path for a more positive and secure future.

Contact our Family team today on 01633 413500 or matthew.wells@rdplaw.co.uk

Ending a Civil Partnership

Ending a relationship is never an easy decision. Our Family solicitors are experts in achieving the best possible outcome whilst striving to minimise bitterness and reduce costs. Called ‘dissolution’, the process used to end a civil partnership can be straightforward when both partners are on the same page. However, if you disagree over practical issues (child arrangements, finances and property) then the process can be more complex, and we can provide you with expert guidance and support.

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Our expert Civil Partnership dissolution solicitor, Matthew Wells, can advise you on issues such as:

  • Dissolution or Separation Orders
  • Addressing the financial aspects of your relationship breakdown
  • Resolving issues surrounding children, such as living arrangements, contact, choice of school, relocation, school fees, child maintenance payments, parental responsibility etc.
  • Shared care – Child Arrangements Orders
  • Personal safety and protection for you and your family (e.g. seeking an injunction).

Contact our Family team today on 01633 413500 or matthew.wells@rdplaw.co.uk

Judicial Separation

A judicial separation is a formal separation which is sanctioned by the court. A legal separation allows a couple to live apart, without divorcing or ending a civil partnership but enables the court to make orders about the division of money and property.

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Our expert Family solicitors can provide you with all the information and advice required to determine whether judicial separation is an appropriate and worthwhile alternative to divorce taking into consideration your particular circumstances.

Contact our Family team today on 01633 413500 or matthew.wells@rdplaw.co.uk

Nullity - Annulment solicitors

An annulment is a different way of ending a marriage. It is a declaration by the court that a marriage was not legally valid or had become legally invalid. Annulments may be granted for a number of different reasons, including if either party was already married at the time of the marriage, the marriage hasn’t been consummated, one party being under 16 years of age at the time of the marriage and for other more technical legal reasons.

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Unlike divorce you don’t have to wait a year from the date of the marriage to seek an annulment. There may be religious or cultural reasons why you may prefer to explore annulment as an alternative to a divorce.

We can guide you through this often complex area of the law and advise you if it is a relevant and worthwhile alternative to a divorce.

Contact our Family team today on 01633 413 500 or matthew.wells@rdplaw.co.uk


Staying away from court - Non-confrontational solutions

There are many ways of resolving legal and family disputes such as divorce, separation and parenting issues that do not involve the traditional process of court proceedings. They are good options for those who wish to avoid the uncertainties and rigid approach of the Court process and allow those involved in family law disputes to benefit from expert legal advice in the knowledge that all negotiations are dealt with away from a Courtroom.

These non-confrontational solutions are often referred to as alternative dispute resolution options and we will explore these with you.

Collaborative Law

Collaborative Law is a non-confrontational and respectful approach to divorce which helps couples take control of making decisions for the future, without the threat of court proceedings hanging over them. You as the couple set the agenda, (not the lawyers or a Judge) enabling you to discuss the things that matter most to you and your family.

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Where children are involved, this approach will help them see that their parents are working things out together and will inevitably help them cope better with their parents’ separation.

For more information click here or contact us on matthew.wells@rdplaw.co.uk or 01633 413500.

Mediation

Mediation is an alternative to litigation. It is a process whereby you and your spouse or civil partner meet with a highly trained independent third-party mediator. The mediator would facilitate discussions between you to encourage you to reach agreement about whatever issues you wish to discuss, such as in relation to finances, or children matters or both.

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Once a financial agreement in principle is reached, that agreement should then be formalised, preferably with the assistance of legal advice, through the submission of a carefully drafted Consent Order which upon approval by the Court will make the financial agreement legally binding.

For more information contact our Family team on 01633 413500 or matthew.wells@rdplaw.co.uk





There are other alternative ways of resolving disputes, which our divorce experts can discuss with you if you would like to know more: including arbitration or judicially assisted determination (early neutral evaluation). These can be amicable and useful ways of avoiding the formal traditional Court process in appropriate cases.

For more information contact us on 01633 413500 or at matthew.wells@rdplaw.co.uk.

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