Complex Divorce Issues

Attorney holding divorce papers

Any divorce can contain difficulty. For the people involved, separation can often be a stressful time even when there are no particular complications. However, there are some situations, such as those detailed below, that are especially problematic. These need to be handled carefully to protect the interests of everyone involved.

When a client has a particularly complex case, it is important that they work with an experienced divorce solicitor in London, like Saracens Solicitors. Clients need to be able to communicate their needs, feel listened to and benefit from decisive and effective action by their legal team.

Fathers’ rights

Any issues involving children can further complicate a divorce process especially if the separated parties have a lot of conflict in their relationship. The law is still reasonably biased toward the mother in these situations, but it has changed a lot in the past few decades.

For example, a father who is named on a birth certificate created prior to December 2003, but who is not married to the child’s mother, does not automatically have parental responsibility. This means that they might not benefit from the rights associated with this status. Now this is not the case and, as long as the father is named on the birth certificate, he has parental responsibility.

If someone is refusing to let a father see his children, he may need to involve a divorce solicitor in London to establish his rights and start the process of gaining access.

Non-UK nationals

Gaining UK residency can be a long process. If someone has applied for residency partially or wholly based on their marriage then divorce can seriously affect their status. A divorce solicitor in London, who also works closely with members of their team who are skilled in immigration law, can be very helpful in these situations.

Domestic violence

If someone is subject to domestic abuse and fears for the ongoing safety of themselves and their children, there are special measures that can be put in place during divorce proceedings. For example, they may not be required to attend mediation before they are able to go to court. A divorce solicitor can offer advice in this area and act quickly to protect and support their client.