There are three distinct jurisdictions relating to matters of law in the United Kingdom – England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The systems of family law are quite different from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, so when you are looking for a family law firm to represent you it is wise to ensure the solicitors working in the practice are well versed in the legislation for the geographical area relating to your particular circumstances.
Family law in England and Wales is concerned with matters relating to families and anyone who has a domestic relationship with another party. There are various authorities, agencies and groups which are involved in ensuring family law is upheld and the rights of vulnerable people are maintained under the relevant legislation.
Private law relating to families is primarily concerned with solving and ruling upon disputes among family members. While public family law underpins social decisions on welfare issues, such as adoption and care proceedings.
Areas of family law
Family law covers matters including;
- Family relationships – marriage and civil-partnerships, relationship breakdown, separation, divorce and dissolution
- Domestic abuse
- Property rights – marital property agreements, transfer of property on divorce, trusts of land, property on separation, liquidating assets and division of capital
- Children – parental responsibility, children arrangements on divorce, upbringing of children, children’s rights, child protection, adoption, child abduction and international abduction
Family law matters are heard in County Courts and Family Proceedings Courts (Magistrates’ Courts). Family Division courts are a specialist division of the High Court.
Although there are lots of systems in place to help couples and families avoid going to court, such as mediation, family arbitration and counselling, family law is complex and it is always wise to seek the advice of a family law firm, before reaching any agreement with a former partner, to ensure you have protected your best interests and those of your dependants.
George Ide – family law firm in Chichester and Bognor Regis
The family law team at George Ide pride themselves on having acted for clients in numerous high-value divorce settlements, with specialist experience in separation settlements for cohabiting couples.
We can act for clients in numerous other areas, including pre and post nuptial agreements, adoption, child abduction and domestic abuse.
To find out more about our services please click through to our numerous web pages on family law matters. Alternatively, if you wish to speak to our divorce solicitors, please call our Chichester or Bognor Regis offices, or email our family law team directly.