Partner and Head of Wills & Estate Planning at Andrew & Co Solicitors Helen Newson writes...
Specialist Advice for Forces Families
- AuthorSue Leadbeater
Family problems take many forms. The ending of any relationship can cause anxiety and uncertainty whether you are married or living with a partner. Forces personnel and their families tend to have particular problems to face by the very nature of the work that they do and the way that they live. A clear understanding of the special issues that are faced is therefore essential in giving legal advice at this difficult time.
Our Family Law Team are all specialists and have significant experience in assisting Forces personnel and their families. Our aim is to make the process of separation, sorting out future arrangements for your children and assessing how your assets should be fairly divided as pain free as possible whilst ensuring that your interests and those of your children are always our priority.
We appreciate there may be housing difficulties if you are in married quarters and these have to be given up, the difficulties of maintaining contact with children because of being posted away from home either on tour or on another base and the fact that a pension may be the most significant asset. None of these things are new to us and we have well developed strategies to guide you to reach an outcome which secures your future in the best way possible.
All our solicitors are members of Resolution an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. We follow a code of practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. We encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family, in particular the best interests of any children that are involved.
Where appropriate we can advise you about alternative methods of resolving disputes like mediation and arbitration and are able to offer collaboration, which is a relatively new way of resolving disputes whilst minimising confrontation and encouraging agreement. However, if negotiation and discussion do not result in a satisfactory conclusion and resolving matters in court is the only way forward we are able to provide guidance and support, prepare relevant papers and represent you.
Our family team also has the support of other specialist teams that may assist you in planning your future. You may not yet have made provision for your family if you die and in case you should become ill or incapacitated or that provision may need to be reviewed in view of your change in circumstances. You may need help in buying, selling, transferring or remortgaging a property.
We are happy to offer you an initial free half hour consultation in which we will assess your situation, provide information on your options and costs implications of how you decide to proceed.