CHILDREN & DOMESTIC ABUSE
When parents separate they need to make arrangements for their children to ensure that they can maintain and develop their relationship with each parent.
We recognise that however amicable your separation may be the ending of any relationship is difficult for all concerned.
You may have differing opinions about where your children should make their primary home and how they should divide their time between you. If you cannot agree this between yourselves either of you may make an application to the court for an order that could decide how much time your children spend with each of you, prevent either of you from taking a particular step in relation to your children or make an order deciding a specific issue in relation to their upbringing. The court’s decision will be on the basis of what is in the best interests of your children and it will generally work on the basis that it is in children’s best interests to spend time with each of their parents.
We advise on your legal position and assist in the negotiation of arrangements for children. If your situation is suitable for mediation we can assist you with a referral to a mediation service and support you through the mediation process. If agreement can’t be reached we can commence and conduct court proceedings to ensure that appropriate long term arrangements are put in place.
Non Molestation and Occupation Orders
If you have been the victim of domestic violence during your relationship or as it ends we can help you get the protection of the court so that your safety is assured. If there’s a dispute about the occupation of a property we can advise you on whether you may be able to exclude your former partner and if necessary make an application to the court to regulate that occupation. If you’re being accused of domestic violence and have received a court application for an injunction or an order excluding you from your home we can advise you on the appropriate response and assist you with court proceedings if you wish.
Stokes Partners are proud to be the official legal partners for Somerset Day on May 11th! And we’re especially proud that we feature on the Somerset Day Trail Challenge! We’ll be working hard to ensure that our office window celebrates all things Somerset and we’ll definitely be “flying the flag” on Somerset Day!
Stokes Partners are delighted to announce that Hilary Askew has become a partner with the firm with effect from 1 April 2022. Hilary is part of the Wills, Tax and Probate team. She joined the firm in July 2012 and has over 20 years experience of private client work.
On 6 April 2022 the divorce “landscape” will change dramatically and for the first time in over 40 years. The family law team at Stokes Partners are all agreed that this change is long overdue and that it should help thousands of divorcing couples move forwards in ending their marriages with reduced disagreement and acrimony.
Half of wills in the South of England are out of date – Nicola McIntyre, head of our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate team suggests now is the time to review your wills ahead of “Update Your Will Week”.