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Prentice Family Law Prentice Family Law is a specialist family law firm, which advises on and deals with all aspects of family law, specialising in high value, complex financial cases in both the UK and internationally, pensions on divorce/civil partnerships, private children disputes and pre-nuptial and post nuptial agreements. This specialist family law firm was set up by Paul Prentice who has over 20 years' experience in practicing family law.

Paul was previously the senior partner in the Family Law department in firms in Kingston and Shepperton, but decided that he wanted to build a firm that specialised only in family law. Our firm is built around the client and their needs. We provide exceptional customer service which puts the client first at what is a difficult time. With this in mind Paul wanted to make things as convenient for the clients as possible, by offering appointments at times to suit the client.

We believe in working together with our clients in order to achieve the best possible result for you.
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read more › Here at Prentice Family Law our highly experienced and specialist team of lawyers are able to offer a range of bespoke family law support services. Our expert team are able to deal with all aspects of family breakdown, including divorce, separation, cohabitation disputes, financial settlements and children matters. We are committed to providing exceptional customer service and clear, expert advice at what we understand is often a difficult and emotional time for you. We are passionate about looking after you and building and developing a relationship with you.

read more › We understand that divorce can be a stressful time, but we aim to guide you through the divorce procedure and make it as simple, pain free and cost effective as possible. As Divorce Solicitors we are often asked how much it costs to get divorced, and this actually has a simple answer. If you complete all the paperwork required to get a divorce yourself, then the only payment required is the court fee of 550. If you prefer not to do the paperwork yourself most solicitors will offer a fixed fee divorce.

read more › Resolving financial issues between parties runs alongside divorce proceedings. It is important that you seek legal financial divorce advice as soon as possible in relation to finances and divorce. Going through a divorce is often a very emotional time for both parties and reaching a financial settlement can often be the most complicated part of the whole divorce process. We are able to help you and your family through a difficult time with expert knowledge and, from your first call to us, we will help you take control of your situation.

read more › In mediation, parties meet with a mediator to work out the details of their divorce settlement, which could include both financial matters and the living arrangements for their children. However, a mediator will not be able to offer legal advice and make recommendations to the parties about how they should settle their case. When parties are in mediation they should also take legal advice from a family law solicitor. The role of the mediator and the solicitor are not the same. Mediators work with couples, and not with each individual spouse.

read more › When married couples living overseas separate and decide to get a divorce, there's often doubt as to which Country the Divorce Proceedings should be issued in. It is essential to seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that the most suitable jurisdiction is secured for you. The case will be heard in the first court in which proceedings are issued, which can have a dramatic impact on the eventual financial settlement. Both parties were last jointly habitually resident in England or Wales and one still resides there.

read more › We have experience and the required specialist knowledge in dealing with all family law child custody matters. We do not deal with public law. In any case where children are involved, the parents need to consider the needs of those children. It is always best if you can try to try to resolve a matter regarding your children between you. However, if you are unable to resolve matters between you there are steps that can be taken. As divorcing parents, the most important factor to remember, no matter how acrimonious the relationship with your ex-partner becomes, is the welfare of your child.

read more › Living together with someone is also often called cohabitation. What are unmarried couples rights? Currently, unmarried couples in England and Wales have no statutory legal rights if they separate. However, they could have a claim under the law of trusts and equity and, if they have children, the primary carer could have a claim under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. Although the terms common-law wife or husband are frequently used to describe a couple who live together, these relationships do not have legal recognition.

read more › A prenuptial agreement (pre-nup) is a written document that sets out your joint understanding of what will happen to your finances if the marriage or civil partnership comes to an end. It is very important that both parties take their own independent legal advice in relation to any agreement. You may want to think about a post nuptial agreement, an agreement made after you are married, if for example you come into money during your marriage. Although they are not automatically enforceable in the UK, the Supreme Court has given recognition to nuptial agreements and the Law Commission has recommended new legislation.

read more › The rules of civil partnerships, or same sex marriages, are similar to those that govern traditional marriages. It may be worth considering a 'pre-registration agreement', which is similar to a pre-nuptial agreement before you enter a civil partnership. This may help you protect assets you already own or will acquire over time. If your relationship breaks down, where married couples need to apply for a divorce, civil partners need to apply for a dissolution. The process is very similar to the divorce process.

read more › An injunction can offer you the security and peace of mind that you and your family are protected when a relationship breaks down. An injunction is a court order that requires someone to do or not to do something. A non-molestation order is aimed at preventing your partner or ex-partner from using or threatening violence against you or your child, or intimidating, harassing or pestering you, in order to ensure the health, safety and well-being of yourself and your children. An occupation order regulates who can live in the family home, and can also restrict your abuser from entering the surrounding area.

read more › To ensure that you understand the options available to you before you commit your case to us, we offer a free family law consultation service with a lawyer over the phone. We believe that this will give you total confidence in us. We understand that legal proceedings can be overwhelming and stressful and we want to work together with you and help you work to out what your next steps should be. We understand that you may not have dealt with solicitors before and we want you to be able to talk freely in confidence, at no cost and with no obligation to see if we are the right fit for you, use our family lawyer free advice service.

read more › We recognise that legal costs can be significant and a worry, but this should not deter you from getting specialised legal advice. We offer a free introductory initial telephone consultation. Take the first step and ring us now on 01483 237 989 or email us at sarah@prenticefamilylaw.co.uk to arrange a convenient time. The cost of a fixed fee divorce is 1,630 including vat and the court fees of 550. The court fees of 550 will have to be paid by the party commencing the divorce proceedings, the petitioner.

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