Shortlands solicitors have been specialising in family law for more than a decade, offering expert advice, sympathetic service and determination to secure the right results for our clients. Based in West Ealing, London, we aim to reduce conflict, monitor costs and encourage collaboration wherever possible. Our team of solicitors and legal staff are there to guide you through the legal processes and to explain the stages involved.
We work with clients across West London and Surrey, as well as further afield, or even abroad if the Courts of England and Wales have jurisdiction over your case. We can work alongside any other legal experts or professionals whom you have appointed to offer expert advice or to take the lead on a case or legal matter.
Whatever your family issue, we can offer expert advice and discreet, professional service that ensures you are clear about where you stand with regards to the law and what you might be able to expect in a court case, mediation or conflict resolution.
We are a boutique firm of family solicitors who focus on a number of legal aspects around divorce, separation, cohabitation, children and family finances. We also act as property solicitors with regards to family law and issues with ownership or ongoing maintenance arrangements.
We specialise in many areas of family law, including divorce and separation, custody and access arrangements for children, financial mediation, living together and the laws surrounding cohabitation, legal matters around domestic violence and probate and Wills. We can advise on parents’ and grandparents’ rights and what happens when one party wishes to move abroad with a child. We can help you draft your Will, set up trusts, organise Power of Attorney and plan the distribution of your estate in the most tax-efficient way.
In addition, we work with couples and their wider family members to draft prenuptial agreements and to assist with mediation and conflict resolution at any stage in a partnership or marriage. Our approach is a collaborative one wherever possible, and we favour the resolution of disputes before they reach the stage of being brought before a judge.
If you are facing the prospect of a divorce or would like to know more about your options if you and your spouse separate, we can offer you unbiased, informed advice from a member of our professional family law solicitors west London team. We will work closely with you throughout the process, explaining what is happening, helping you arrange mediation services to help agree any arrangements for children and ongoing finances. Our knowledgeable solicitors and divorce lawyers will also help
you negotiate your way to an acceptable outcome and will represent your interests during any court proceedings.
Under the law of England and Wales, you can get a divorce if you have been legally married for more than a year, your relationship has broken down permanently and the UK is your permanent home or that of your spouse. These rules apply for same-sex marriage too. There are also circumstances that allow you to annul the marriage, rather than file for divorce and your family lawyer will be able to advise you further about this.
You just prove to the court that the marriage has broken down and this can be done by formally putting forward one or more recognised causes, such as adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion or longer periods of separation. Your spouse must agree to the divorce and its stated causes, with the only exception being a claim for a divorce after a permanent and unbroken separation period of five years or more.
Your divorce lawyer can help you file the paperwork, for which you will require certain documents and pieces of information, including names and addresses and proof of the marriage, such as a marriage certificate or a certified copy. Further details about how to apply for a divorce in England or Wales can be found on the UK government’s website.
We realise that you have a choice of family solicitors in Surrey, however, we would be delighted to work with you to resolve your dispute, facilitate your mediation formalise arrangements for children or finances post-separation or finalise your divorce.
At Shortlands family solicitors, we have built up solid levels of knowledge and experience in matters of family law. We also keep on top of changes to UK law and issues around family law that could affect our clients and colleagues. You can be sure that your case is in safe hands with Shortlands. We take pride in offering a personal service and will stay in close contact with you throughout the process to ensure you feel comfortable, informed and happy with the way we conduct your case or resolve your legal problem.
If you are looking for a divorce lawyer in Surrey or a more general family law solicitor in West London with extensive experience and an understanding, sympathetic approach to what can be sensitive matters of legal dispute, please get in touch with us today. We will arrange a preliminary consultation to discuss your case and offer you advice on the best way forward.
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