Family Law 5

Family

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Our experienced family law team provides specialist advice in relation to all areas of family and matrimonial law. Alison Winterbottom, who has 25 years’ experience and is a expert in this field, leads the team.  Alison is a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of issues arising from relationship breakdown.  She is accredited by  Resolution as a specialist and she qualified as a Collaborative Lawyer in 2010, enabling her to assist clients in resolving family disputes through a series of face to face meetings and collaborative discussions.  We recognise that relationship breakdown is often a difficult and distressing time. Our family team offers a caring and professional approach and will provide you with clear and practical advice to assist you in achieving the best outcome possible.

We understand that one of the main concerns when instructing a Solicitor is often the cost. We offer a free no obligation initial appointment which can be arranged at your convenience (we do not hold drop in clinics which can be very public). This appointment is not time limited and is completely confidential. We will provide detailed advice and explore with you the many options available for resolution.

We are fair and transparent on costs and an estimate is provided at the initial meeting. A full, detailed and easily understandable breakdown of the work done accompanies every invoice sent to you. We are committed to providing a first class service tailored to your individual circumstances and needs. We are flexible and can accommodate out of hours appointments and telephone discussions where necessary. We are based in Oldham Town Centre and our office is easily accessible from Saddleworth, Manchester, and Tameside.

Our Expertise

  • Divorce

    We provide practical advice in respect of the divorce process.

    We offer a fixed fee for undefended divorces of £500 plus VAT and the Court Fee if you are the person starting the process (Petitioner) and £200 plus VAT for the person receiving the divorce petition (Respondent).

    We can also act for you in respect of dissolution of civil partnership.

  • Financial Settlements

    From high value multi asset settlements to low asset cases, we have the experience to provide thorough advice and representation.

    We can advise you in respect of:

    • The division of capital assets pensions and maintenance
    • Pre and post nuptial agreements
    • Separation agreements
    • Mediation and the collaborative process
    • The Court process
  • Cohabitees

    Cohabitees do not have the same legal rights as married couples and cannot claim financial support from each other in the same way.

    Cohabitees may have an entitlement in respect of the family home even if this is owned in their partner’s sole name.

    This can be a complex area and one that you should seek our advice on without delay.

  • Children

    We appreciate that when a relationship breaks down your main concern is likely to be the arrangements for the children and we can assist you in reaching agreement.

    If an agreement is not possible we can represent you in Court proceedings in respect of applications for:

    • Child Arrangement Orders
    • Prohibited Steps Orders
    • Specific Issue Orders

    If urgent Court intervention is required our team will be able to assist.

  • Domestic Violence

    We can provide specialist advice in respect of domestic violence.

    Alison Winterbottom is a Resolution accredited specialist.

    We can advise you whether you have grounds to apply for an Injunction which can protect you and your children against violence, threatening behaviour and harassment.

    You may also be entitled to apply for an Occupation Order which can have the effect of excluding your ex-partner from the family home.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

    There are various alternatives to the Court process and as members of Resolution we will actively encourage you to use these alternative methods (where appropriate).

    These alternative methods include:

    Mediation
    We can refer you to mediation and support you through this process.

    Collaborative Law
    Alison Winterbottom is a trained Collaborative lawyer.

    Arbitration
    We can make the application to the arbitrator and advise you and represent you in this process.

For further information please contact our Family Department on 0161 624 5614.

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  • We would like to place on record our appreciation for the efforts of Sarah Cookson, who was our main point of contact at your Firm. She was helpful throughout and the model of efficiency.
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