Divorce and separation can be one of the most distressing experiences of someone’s life. At P.A. Duffy and Company our aim is to make the process run as smoothly as possible in order to protect your financial and personal interests.
Divorce and Child Care
- It is desirable that an amicable agreement is made upon separation regarding care for children. However, disputes can arise, and our divorce solicitors are well equipped do deal with any difficulties you have.
- Disputes are often centred around financial issues regarding child maintenance. This can be resolved by agreement, by the child maintenance service or through the courts. Our solicitors will be able to provide you with advice on maintenance finances and will help you to achieve the best outcome for yourself and your children.
Divorce and Financial Settlement
- In ensuring a divorce runs as smoothly as possible we require full disclosure of our client’s financial assets. This allows us to protect your financial interests as effectively as possible in reaching an agreeable settlement.
- Ordinarily a financial settlement will be able to be met by mutual agreement between separating partners and their solicitors, in this case we will provide mediation services to ensure your interests are looked after.
- It is also normal for court procedures to be used to resolve a financial settlement, this may be appropriate where maintenance, pensions or transfer of property is at issue for example. If this is the case, we will provide representation and guidance on resolving any problems.
The importance of Choosing the right Divorce Solicitor
At P.A. Duffy & Co Solicitors we offer compassionate and professional legal representation for helping you resolve divorce and separation amongst other services.
Our team will ensure that from the very first time that you meet with us, you are looked after by our specialist divorce solicitors who have expertise in the area of divorce and family law that you need. Using us will mean that the job is done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Divorce can be one of the most stressful and emotionally difficult life events you may experience. Getting the right divorce legal advice can help guide you through the divorce process and the difficulties of what can be an emotional rollercoaster.
Therefore, At P.A. Duffy and Company we pride ourselves on our ability to alleviate the stress involved with dealing with family law matters and our dedicated solicitors are committed to putting the interests of our clients first. At P.A. Duffy & Co. our legal team will listen to you and discuss your options with you. They will let you know where you stand, tell you what your rights are and help you to understand what your ex-partner’s rights are as well. They will try to make the divorce as simple and as stress-free as possible.
Our legal team engage on a daily basis with specialist family and children’s law barristers, as well as counsellors and agencies supporting children and victims of domestic abuse. This leaves us well placed to advise on a wide range of problems that our clients may encounter such as issues of contact with children for example.
We have attained a strong reputation for our family and children law services and can offer representation in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
We have particular expertise in child law disputes, our solicitors have ample experience in helping our clients to secure contact with children following a breakdown in family relations.
We would encourage our clients to look at our reviews on the website. You will see the positive comments from their past clients. This can help you relate their experience to your own situation.
What to expect during the Divorce Process
At the initial consultation with one of our Specialist Divorce solicitors we would encourage our client’s to be as open and honest with us from the outset. With your co-operation, we’ll always be honest with you and guarantee to keep you in the know at all times.
We will gather as much information from you on our initial consultation. We will also:
- explain the divorce process and help you understand what you need to do at each stage
- start the divorce action for you by filing the necessary forms
- keep you updated and represent your best interests
- help you reach an agreement with your ex-partner wherever practical, without having to go to court
- if you do go to court, we will present your case
- help you to understand what the judge can and cannot do, and explain what the judge’s decision means for you
- record agreementsBased on the information that you provide we will seek the best way forward for you, whether it is by way of Matrimonial Agreement in the first instance to protect your financial and children’s needs or whether a divorce petition is required.The Divorce Petition can be grounded on one of the reasons below:
- two years’ separation with the consent of the other spouse to divorce
- five years’ separation
- unreasonable behaviour
By this stage of the process many couples will already have agreed between themselves how they intend to separate or in some cases they may not have.
The parties will need to discuss and determine where who will have residence of any children of the marriage. Contact arrangements will need to be established for the non-resident parent so that the separation can have the wellbeing of the children at the heart of this process.
The momentary assets will be required to be divided. Details will need to be provided by you and from the other party’s solicitor so that experts can determine the split of such financial assets. However, because every marriage and divorce is different. There are no hard and fast rules regarding division of assets on divorce. When dividing assets, the Court, and solicitors will take account of various factors when advising their clients. These factors include but are not limited to:
- Income and earning capacity, property and other financial resources that each spouse has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future.
- Financial needs, obligations and responsibilities, which each spouse has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future.
- The standard of living enjoyed by the family before the breakdown of the marriage.
- Any physical or mental disability of either spouse.
- The contributions that each spouse has made or is likely to make in the future to the welfare of the family.
- Conduct of each spouse, if that conduct is such that it would be unfair to disregard in the opinion of the Court.
- The value to each spouse of any benefit that one spouse would lose because of the divorce.Where no such agreement can be reached further expert guidance and advice will be sought. At P.A. Duffy we can provide such direction.We at P.A. Duffy & Co know that separation can be difficult, but it is extremely useful to know that this spilt can be amicable and we can make it as stress free as possible.
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