If you're having problems with your relationship, or want to know the legal implications of cohabiting, or whether you'd be better off legally if you were to get married, then you'll need the advice of a family law solicitor.
Here's what a family law solicitor could do for you.
1. If you want legal advice about getting divorced, then you'll need to speak to a family law solicitor. You'll have plenty of questions to ask, and will want to know what the next step is, and how to go about it properly.
2. If your relationship ends then you might want to know where you stand if you're both paying the mortgage or rent, or have other joint payments or interests. You'll want to know what your rights are even though you're not married.
3. You might want to know more about the financial implications of getting married or divorced. Perhaps you'll want to know whether you'll need to give halve your earnings to your ex spouse, or how long you'll need to pay maintenance for.
4. You might be anxious about having to sell your home or other valuable possessions after a divorce or at the end of a relationship. Your family law solicitor will be able to give you the information you need so that you can act accordingly.
5. There might be children involved, and so as a parent you'll want to know whether your children will live with you, or your ex. You might have to ensure that your children have a suitable home to live in, and want to see them on a regular basis.
6. Depending on your circumstances, you might be considering a pre nup agreement. You'll want to know whether it's legally binding in the UK, or if there are other ways of ensuring that you don't lose out in the event that your marriage doesn't work out.
7. As a grandparent you also have rights, and so you'll want to make sure that you're not stopped from seeing your grandchildren in the event that their parents split up.
8. If you don't want to get married, then you might want to know the legal implications and responsibilities of cohabiting.
9. if you're considering a civil partnership, then you'll want to make sure that you understand what's involved, and what your rights are.
10. If you're experiencing domestic violence, then you'll want to get help as soon as you can. A family law solicitor can usually help you to arrange safe accommodation, and provide all the information and advice you need to leave a violent partner.
Now you know what sort of services are offered, do you need to speak to a family law solicitor?