When a marriage or relationship breaks down, it inevitably causes distress, worry and uncertainty. At Boyce Hatton we’ll listen to you and take care to understand your situation. Our experienced team will do all we can to help make a difficult time, less difficult.
From the first time we meet we’ll take the time to really get to know you, so that we understand the intricacies of what you need. We offer you clear, legal advice from experts in each field of law so that you can make the best decision for you. We put you first. We listen. And offer you a personal service that you can depend on.How We Work
Our team of family lawyers are highly experienced in all areas of relationship law, including:
When you need advice or legal assistance, we’re here to help.
We’re active members of Resolution, a national body of specialist family lawyers who encourage the settlement of family disputes in a constructive, non-confrontational way. We settle many of our cases without the need to go to court. But if your dispute can’t be resolved in this way, you can be sure you’re in the best place for clear advice on your options and the very best representation.
Often, the most difficult questions arising from divorce and relationship breakdown relate to finance. It’s important to appreciate that divorce only brings the marriage to an end, leaving financial claims relating to your home, savings, pension or business still to be resolved.
We’ll collect extensive details of your situation and offer practical advice tailored to your personal circumstances. We’ll advise you of realistic, cost effective outcomes and work with you to achieve them.
Our family team has significant experience of the options available. Gary Watson, the head of our Family Department, is well known and highly regarded for acting in high-value cases where questions of valuation are particularly complicated because of the involvement of pensions, trusts or business assets.
We’ll provide all the advice you need on your financial entitlement following the breakdown of a marriage or other relationship, and in particular on:
Do I need a solicitor if I’m not married?
It’s sensible to take advice following a relationship breakdown. Even if you’re not married there may be financial matters (for example the house that you live in or a business that you run) that need resolving and arrangements about children to be agreed.
You may have heard of common-law marriage (after living together for two years) but there is no such thing. We can advise you on the steps to take during a relationship in order to protect you both and also at the end of a relationship to consider whether you have any entitlement to each other’s property, or to remain living in your home with young children.
If it’s not possible to reach an agreement we’ll advise you on your options and make an application to the court.
When you get married you obtain the right to make certain financial claims over your spouse’s property, including savings, pensions and any other financial assets if that marriage ever breaks down.
A pre-nuptial agreement is a sensible way to set out at the start what each person is bringing to the marriage and how you feel these assets should be divided if you do ever separate. Such an agreement can be particularly helpful if one of you has been married before, has children or is bringing a significantly greater contribution to finances.
It is important to be aware that pre-nuptial agreements are not automatically legally binding and they have to be carefully prepared. We advise taking the time to ensure that each of you has all the information available to make an informed decision.