The Role of a Family Law Solicitor

The purpose of this article is to explore the role of a Family Law Solicitor, what type of legal work they are involved in and what to look for when choosing the right Family Law Solicitor for you.

Family Law Solicitors are involved in all areas of law which concern family matters. More specifically, cases in which a Family Law Solicitor is required, include:

Cohabitation – Family Solicitors often deal with cases which have arisen as a result of cohabitation, advising their clients on their rights and what their options are if things don’t work out.

Civil Partnerships – Following the Civil Partnerships Act of 2004, same sex couples can register as Civil Partners. Family Solicitors can advise couples on this process, the legal implications of it, and also in the event that the partnership doesn’t work out.

Pre-Nuptial Agreements – Pre-nuptial agreements protect the financial interests of one or both partners within a marital agreement. Commonplace in the U.S, pre-nuptial agreements are less frequent in the U.K, where they are often difficult to enforce. A Family Solicitor will be able to advise you on whether or not your marriage is eligible for a pre-nuptial agreement, and whether or not it would stand up in court.

Separation and Divorce – When a marriage or partnership goes wrong, the first thing one should do is consult a specilaist Solicitor who will be able to advise you on the best course of action to take.

Residential and Contact Arrangements for Children – When a marriage ends, custody of the children is often a contentious issue. When applying for custody, a Family Solicitor is vital to ensure that your case is represented as effectively as possible.

What to look for in a Family Law Solicitor

Due to its very nature, family law is, both mentally and emotionally, one of the most demanding areas of the legal profession. It is of paramount importance, therefore, that the Solicitor you choose has the ability to remain impartial and fully detached from your case. Before choosing a Solicitor, you should check that they are fully accredited by the Law Society, and ask for examples of similar cases to yours, where they have had success in the past. A genuine Family Solicitor will be happy to provide this.

If you’re having relationship problems, are considering a divorce, or want to know more about the legal implications of civil partnerships, see how a Family Law Solicitor could help you.  

Vallejo Family Law Firms — Making Divorce Cost Effective

Everyone has horror stories about the Vallejo divorce process. People say that it takes years. People talk about spending huge and unexpected amounts of money on Vallejo family law firms. You hear about many instances where the divorce has harmed relationships with children, family, and friends. Many find that child support payments cause them to live as frugally as students until their children’s emancipation. Post-divorce problems can linger for years, even for a lifetime.

In a mediated divorce, the two divorcing parties meet with one mediator (usually, but not necessarily a service offered by Vallejo family law firms). You meet with a Vallejo family law firm a number of times. The Vallejo family law firm will to address and try to resolve the issues in your divorce. Vallejo family law firms hired in this capacity do not represent either of the parties. The Vallejo family law firms must be (and must be viewed by the parties as) an impartial, objective, fair third-party.

A mediated divorce (using advocate lawyers at relevant points) is the Camry of divorces. It’s solid, safe for the most part, and it can do almost everything you want. But the collaborative divorce is like a Prius. It has the most advanced resources at its disposal. It’s groundbreaking, and it can turn a sometimes dirty process into something that is a lot better for the environment.

The premise of collaborative divorce is to resolve the divorce though a series of meetings between the clients and their respective Vallejo family law firms. These four-way meetings, are actually what the courts require litigants to do prior to the trial in a litigated divorce.

So.., the main difference is that instead of you, your spouse and a Vallejo family law firm, you have you, your spouse and two Vallejo family law firms – one for each of you. The benefits of collaborative law are great. Better, more workable, and longer-lasting solutions are generated. Relationships with family are preserved. It is generally not more expensive than mediated divorces (with the advocate attorneys’ critical involvement.) It is generally much less expensive than litigated divorces.

I hope your brain isn’t spinning too much at this point. But here’s it in a nutshell, you can

– mediate

– have a collaborative divorce

– create a separation agreement.

– duke it our in court.

The first three are usually the best.

Before filing your dissolution, contact multiple Vallejo family law firms – or better yet, fill in our contact form and let us give you a list of the best Vallejo family law firms for your particular case. Divorce is quite emotional but, the court sees it strictly as a legal matter. The law is designed to be fair, and that’s all Vallejo family law firms are trying to do. Help you create a fair settlement.

It might be worthwhile to consult with our Vallejo family law firms. Fill out our contact form and let us help you.

Do It Yourself Divorce/Family Law – Free California Resources

There has been a huge upsurge in the number of people who represent themselves in their divorce and other family law cases. Those other types of Family Law cases include paternity, domestic violence, dissolution of domestic partnership, annulment and custody cases. In some California jurisdictions, 80% of the filings have at least one person who is representing themselves. To help the courts handle so many people unfamiliar with the legal system, the courts, other state agencies and some non-profit agencies have established programs to help the DIY (Do It Yourself) litigants. This article will be the first of two to refer you to those resources for California family law cases. If you must file in another state, check your state court web site, that of your state bar association and visit your local law library. You will find similar information for your state there.

The web site for the California courts is a great source of information. Remember, though, that all of the government sites provide only general information, not legal advice on how to best present your particular case and that the information is available to both sides. Keeping this proviso in mind, the official sites can be very helpful.

FORMS

The court web site offers all of the forms that are used in California. They can be viewed, printed and often may also be filled out electronically before they are printed. The site has a drop down menu which groups the forms by topics. In the “self help” section, there are some articles which tell you what forms you need specifically for different purposes, but not for all. There are many on-line businesses which also offer the forms and help you fill out the correct ones. However, they have their limitations. Besides charging money, they do not provide legal advice on what is best for you to say in your individual case. Also, they often limit their services to uncontested cases, those in which everything is settled, in which there are no disputes. If that is your case and you are willing to spend around $300 in addition to the court costs, use one of them. If there is a dispute or you don’t want to spend the money, there are other alternatives. A paragraph on the court web site reads:

Going to Court Without a Lawyer? Need Help? The California Courts Self-Help Center can help you find the right forms – and provide other assistance with your case.

THE COURT’S SELF HELP CENTER

The court’s web site is at http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov. The self help center at that site has more resources than I can list here. There is a section on Links and Resources which offers dozens of pamphlets and videos on the family law court experience including how to choose the right forms, what to do with them, how to prepare the domestic violence paperwork, what to do if you are served with that paperwork, what the child support and custody mediation processes are like, and more. There is a section on Free and Low Cost Help which can’t give specific referrals, but which points you in the right direction. There are sections on Getting Ready for Court and on the court fees. Spend time here and you’ll come away with a good idea on how to proceed.

FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR: http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/lowcost/

Every California family law court has an office of the family law facilitator connected to it. Their function is to help the do it yourself, self represented client get through the court process. They help you fill out the forms, though again, without giving legal advice, and tell you how to file and serve them. Since the service is free and, given the state’s budget crisis, there may be a wait to get help. So long as you remember that their service is neutral, that it supports neither your side nor the other, that they can also help the other side, and that you don’t expect direction on the substance of your case, the facilitators are very useful.

Family law lawyers are just beginning to realize that many people either can’t afford to, or simply don’t want to retain them. People now often simply want to use an attorney as a resource to provide the legal advice that the state services cannot. Legal support, rather than legal control, is a new form of service that is just beginning to appear.