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Our team of children law solicitors are often asked, 'Can I take my child abroad?' If you are planning to relocate to another country with a child, our specialist 'children law' solicitors are able to provide a personal, cost-effective service throughout Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.  Our team of lawyers is highly experienced in this area of law and we are accredited members of the Law Society’s Children Panel. We represent parents who are planning to move abroad with their children for a range...

Divorce solicitor Paul Jordan responds to the frequently asked question, "What are my rights if my name is not on the deeds when I'm getting divorced?" Most married couples who own a house will have both their names on the title deeds, or the registered title as it is now known. However, for a variety of reasons this isn't always the case and there is a significant proportion of cases where only the name of one spouse is registered. This doesn't usually...

"Can I reduce the maintenance I pay my ex?" is a question that solicitor Paul Jordan frequently hears. Paul specialises in the financial aspects of divorce and separation and in this article he looks at whether maintenance payments made to a former spouse under a ‘joint lives’ order can ever be reduced. The courts often make what are known as ‘joint lives’ maintenance orders on divorce. This requires you to pay maintenance to your ex until one of you die, or...

Barnstaple divorce solicitor, Paul Jordan, explains what is involved when you get divorced. What is divorce and how do I bring my marriage to an end? Divorce ends a marriage.   Divorce is the legal process which replaces your marriage certificate with a Decree Absolute and this process legally terminates your marriage. The process is started by the issue of a divorce Petition at your nearest regional processing centre. Do I need a divorce solicitor? If you wish to deal with the divorce process yourself then...

If you are planning to adopt a child, specialist adoption solicitors Slee Blackwell are able to provide a personal, cost-effective service to clients throughout Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.  Our team of lawyers are highly experienced in this area of law and we are accredited members of the Law Society’s Children Panel. We represent both couples and individuals who wish to adopt, including step parents. Our adoption solicitors will use their expertise to guide you through the often complex legal processes involved....

Our specialist children law solicitor, Romano Sidoli, is often asked, 'Can grandparents apply for a special guardianship order?' Here is a brief summary of the key aspects of this area of law that will be relevant to grandparents wishing to apply for a special guardianship order. Romano deals with special guardianship applications throughout Devon, Somerset and Cornwall and is always happy to provide free initial guidance to grandparents or other family members who are thinking about applying. A ‘special guardianship order’ is...

One of the most common questions divorce solicitor, Paul Jordan, is asked about is how to protect your assets when getting married. In this brief article Paul looks at some of the strategies that can be used. If you would like Paul to review your own personal circumstances and advise you on your options for a fixed fee, then give him a call on 0808 139 1606 or email him at [email protected]  The reality is that if you are getting married then you...

One of the most common questions divorce solicitor, Paul Jordan, gets asked is, 'Who keeps the house when you get divorced?' Are there children involved? Every divorce is different, so there is no hard and fast rule that will apply in every situation. One particularly important factor when deciding who keeps the house when you get divorced is whether there are any young children. The Divorce Court will always prioritise the needs of dependent children. The children’s needs come first. So if there is insufficient money...

Our divorce team frequently get asked, ‘can I defend a divorce?’. While the simple answer to this is that a divorce petition can be defended, the reality is that defended divorce is rare. What are divorce proceedings? Divorce proceedings are initiated when one spouse submits a divorce petition. As the law currently stands (November 2018) you must show that a marriage has irretrievably broken down in order to gain a divorce. The reasons for the breakdown are given in the divorce petition....

Can I apply to reduce or terminate a Spousal Maintenance Order? Historically Courts have been fond of making what are known as ‘joint lives’ Spousal Maintenance Orders when couples divorce. A joint lives Order is where the Court  orders spousal maintenance to be paid until the death of either spouse, or until the receiving spouse remarries. Spouses and ex-spouses who are required to make payments under these orders often feel aggrieved, especially where the receiving spouse treats  it as a meal ticket...