There are times when the reason for a divorce is because someone has been abusive in the marriage. Domestic abuse is defined as a pattern of physical or sexual violence or controlling behaviour in a relationship. It may involve physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual abuse and can include violent behaviour or subtle control that makes the victim feel worthless, deprives them of money or prevents them from leaving the family home.
Taking the first step of getting legal advice when a relationship ends can be very daunting. At Harrogate Family Law we understand how hard it can be to come in and meet with a solicitor. These are some of the worries that people have told us they had:
Laura qualified as a solicitor here at Harrogate Family Law this year. We managed to grab her for a quick coffee and chat to find out more about her and how her first few months as a fully-fledged solicitor have gone.
In our experience it’s rarely one thing that signals the end of a marriage. Rather than a monumental argument, it’s likely to be a gradual build-up of problems and issues over a period of time.
The decision to divorce is not an easy one and it can feel like a very lonely time. It is important to make sure you have the right support in place to help you come to terms it so that you can look to the future. Here at Harrogate Family Law we have a team of compassionate solicitors who understand what you are going through and are here to help. Below we have compiled some guidance to help you.
There can be genuinely held concerns about the welfare of the children whilst away on holiday and, if so, it is right that these are investigated so that there can be confidence that the children will be safe.
When you first start thinking about divorce and all the challenges that lie ahead it can all feel pretty overwhelming. In our experience, the way things are handled in the initial stages before you divorce can have a big impact on the outcome and how long the whole process takes.
Under the current law, introduced in 1973, couples must blame the other to get a divorce, unless they have been separated for two years. To blame the other person, they must cite either their “unreasonable behaviour” or their adultery. This is not very helpful for those couples who have mutually agreed that their marriage has broken down, but there is no one at fault.
Father’s Day can be a difficult time for separated parents.
Carol Jessop, who has been a partner at Harrogate Family Law for 2 years, has now been admitted as a Solicitor. She became a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives 25 years ago and she has become a well known family lawyer in North Yorkshire previously working in York for a large regional firm.