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1. Granville-West Solicitors
There are many reasons why people decide they can no longer live together and when the time comes to make that decision, the experience is usually a traumatic one. Such emotional upheaval brings with it its own problems, which often go unnoticed until much later, when they can give rise to a host of hitherto unrealised problems.

It is a fact that one in three marriages will end in divorce, but separation from ones partner is only part of a much bigger package. Legalities, at a time of emotional upheaval, mostly take second, if not third or fourth place, but it is at that very point that you need the very best advice that you can get, and that advice is professional advice. A well meaning friend may well be able to guide you through the emotional stress, but is unlikely to be equipped to offer the legal help which can save you the heartbreak and awful financial pain, which could cripple you for the rest of your life.

What is a legal separation and does it mean the end of interdependence within a relationship? All too often and all too late, people come to realise that at the point of the break, real responsibility and often crippling liability, begins. Being separate does not necessarily mean being independent. Indeed, divorce, in most cases, is not so much an end as a beginning. It may be the start of a new kind of relationship and one not necessarily based on love, trust and mutual admiration.

There are questions of maintenance, property, investments, children, shared agreements, to name but a few. How successful and how costly that new relationship proves, depends largely on decisions made and agreements made legal from the word go. There is no substitute for the good, confidential and professional advice that Granville-West can give.

Under British Law, the interests of the child are paramount. A plethora of legislation exists to ensure the well-being of the child in every case, from the care, provision and protection of children in the home, to that of the duties and responsibilities placed on teachers, carers, institutions and the wider public, whose work or leisure brings them into contact with children.

Such meticulous legislation, whilst excellent in its design can, in its execution, be complex and obtrusive. Such can be the case in the breakdown of the family, divorce, and the inevitable agreements, or disagreements, over custody, alleged abuse, financial provision and responsibility or institutional failure on behalf of the child. The list goes on.

In the breakdown of relationships, for example, there is the inevitable question of maintenance payments. Most will agree to the duty of care in making such provision, but how much, for how long and under what circumstances? For the parent with custody and therefore the responsibility of upbringing, the interference of the absent parent can be unjustly obtrusive. For the absent parent, nevertheless making financial, or other provision, limited access, lack of say in educational matters and dismay at the social environment in which their child is being raised, will raise problems. These problems can only ever be satisfactorily debated and legally settled with any assurance, through the courts. Granville-West have specialist knowledge and expertise in Family Law.
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