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FAMILY LAW

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Peter Boyle, Solicitor has successfully represented clients in complex and contentious divorce and separation cases. We fully recognise that matters of family law can be a very emotional and a stressful experience for those involved. We consciously offer a sensitive and confidential service while seeking to achieve the best possible results for our clients.  We provide professional legal advice on all aspects of family law, always seeking a timely, cost effective and non-acrimonious resolution.

In his capacity as a family law expert, Peter can provide family law advice in the following areas:

  • Divorce
  • Separation agreements
  • Maintenance applications
  • Dissolution of civil partnerships
  • Guardianship, custody and access to children
  • Advice on the financial consequences of the breakdown of a marriage
  • Pension adjustment orders
  • Recognition of foreign divorces
  • Nullity
  • Pre-marriage legal advice
  • Cohabitation and non-marital relationship advice
  • Any other area related to family law

Divorce:

At Peter Boyle & Co. Solicitors we are acutely aware that a person may be approaching us at the most traumatic time of their life and as an experienced family law practitioner, Peter and his sensitive Team are confident and competent to lead clients through the process.  In order for a court to grant a divorce it must be satisfied that both spouses have been living apart for a period of at least four years out of the previous five, that there is no prospect of a reconciliation and that proper financial provision exists or is put in place by the court for the spouses and any dependent members of the family. Legal representation is vital whether the divorce is straight forward or contentious, particularly as the client may be traumatised by the emotional upheaval.    It is important to note that divorce solicitors are under a statutory duty, pursuant to Section 2 of the Family Law Act 1995, to discuss mediation and reconciliation with clients and we offer this representation using both the collaborative law model and the traditional law model.  At Peter Boyle & Co. Solicitors, we work closely with our clients to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.

Separation Agreements:

A separation agreement is a legal agreement between persons, who have been married, who do not qualify for a divorce. The agreement deals with custody of and access to children, maintenance for the children and/or dependant spouse, division of property and succession rights. Where the parties cannot reach agreement, they can apply to court for judicial separation. This means that the court makes an Order formally declaring that you and your spouse are no longer legally obliged to live together.  The court will make ancillary orders (or terms) as to custody and access arrangements for any dependent children, orders in relation to what will happen to your family home, orders in relation to maintenance and any other property and assets including pension policies. The court may also make an order in relation to inheritance rights.

At Peter Boyle & Co. Solicitors, we have a proven track record in advising and providing guidance and legal advice on all aspects of separations, from mediation, collaborative law to judicial separation or separation agreements.

Dissolution of Civil Partnerships:

If you are a civil partner contemplating either separation or dissolution we, as experienced family law solicitors, can assist you with advice and insight into the legal steps involved in each process. It is necessary for a couple to live apart for two out of the previous three years, before making an application for dissolution of a civil partnership and therefore the option of entering into a separation agreement while awaiting the dissolution often makes  sense. The terms of any such agreement may be reached by the parties themselves. They may be mediated or may be negotiated through the parties’ respective solicitors. A separation agreement will cover all legal issues including: custody and access arrangements for any dependent children, ownership and occupation of the family/shared home, ownership of any other property, maintenance, pensions and succession rights.

At Peter Boyle & Co. Solicitors we can provide you with cost effective, speedy and competent legal representation.

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