If you are facing a divorce, you are not alone. In the United Kingdom, the divorce rate is about 40% for first marriages and 60% for second marriages. Although the divorce rate has been declining since its peak in the 1970s and 1980s, it is still common. And unfortunately, the process of getting a divorce can be long, complicated, and emotionally draining.
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Different Types Of Family Law
There are different types of family law, which include divorce, child custody, and adoption.
Divorce: A divorce grants the divorcing spouses the legal right to remarry. It also terminates the financial obligations of the marriage, such as spousal support and child support.
Child Custody: Child custody is the legal right of a parent to have physical and legal control over their child. Child custody can be awarded to one parent or shared between both parents. Joint custody is when parents share custody of the child and make decisions about their care. Sole custody is when only one parent has physical and legal control over the child.
Adoption: Adoption is the legal process of making someone else’s child your own. Adoption creates a permanent legal relationship between the adoptee and the adoptive parents. The biological parent’s rights are terminated when an adoption is finalized.
What Are The Grounds For Divorce?
Several grounds can be cited when filing for divorce. Some grounds are more commonly used than others, but the grounds accepted by the court vary by jurisdiction. The most common grounds for divorce are listed below.
One ground for divorce is adultery. Adultery is a physical relationship between a married person and someone who is not their spouse. If one spouse commits adultery, it can be used as a ground for divorce against them.
Another ground for divorce is abandonment. This can occur if the spouse moves out of the family home without the intention of coming back or if they neglect their duties to their family. Abandonment can also occur if one spouse fails to support their family financially.
The third ground for divorce is abuse. If one spouse is found to have committed abuse against their partner or family member, it can be used as a ground for divorce against them. Evidence of abuse may be required to use this as a ground for divorce in some jurisdictions.
Finally, another common ground for divorce is irreconcilable differences. This means that the spouses have differences that cannot be resolved and believe there is no hope for the marriage.
How Can A Family Lawyer Assist You?
If you are considering a divorce or have already filed for one, you may wonder how a family lawyer can assist you. A family lawyer can help you with various issues related to your divorce, including child custody, child support, property division, and alimony.
Child Custody: If you have children, you must determine who will have their primary custody. A family lawyer can help you negotiate a parenting plan with your spouse that is in the best interests of your children.
Child Support: If you are the custodial parent, you may be entitled to child support from the non-custodial parent. A family lawyer can help you determine the amount of child support that should be paid and ensure that it is paid on time.
Property Division: If you and your spouse own property together, it will need to be divided between you in the divorce. A family lawyer can help you divide your assets and debts fairly so that both parties are treated fairly.
Alimony: Alimony, also known as spousal support, may be awarded to one spouse in a divorce if the other spouse has a higher income. A family lawyer can help you determine if alimony is appropriate in your case and negotiate an acceptable amount.
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If you’re considering divorce, you may wonder how much it will cost. The answer depends on several factors, including the complexity of your case, the number of issues to be resolved, and whether you and your spouse can reach an agreement. At Solicitors Cavan, we offer free initial consultations so that we can learn about your situation and provide you with an estimate of the likely costs. We also offer flexible payment options to make our services more affordable.