Family & Matrimonial

Family & Matrimonial Specialists

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Family & matrimonial law with Bate & Albon

The areas of family and matrimonial law can be complex and sensitive. From separation agreements to child maintenance disputes, these topics are universally accepted to be difficult to navigate, stressful and emotionally draining. We understand, and that’s why we recommend onboarding a knowledgeable, compassionate legal team with years of experience to help guide you through the ups and downs. Here at Bate & Albon, we’ve helped multiple families and individuals successfully achieve desirable outcomes, always providing thorough advice and working with our clients best interests as a priority.

What areas of family & matrimonial law do you cover?

Divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships

When it comes to making big decisions about the future, it can be hard to imagine how circumstances and feelings might shift. Beginning a new relationship is exciting, but a new union can raise sensitive conversations around financial expectations should the relationship dissolve. Here at Bate & Albon, we offer a range of legal services to help married and unmarried clients navigate a range of disputes, such as pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, divorce and dissolution of partnerships, and financial provisions.

Whether you’re at the beginning of a relationship or working through the dissolution of a long-term partnership, it’s important to get expert legal advice to make the process as fair, stress-free, and transparent as possible.

Cohabitation and separation agreements

Some couples make the decision not to marry but choose to live together in a cohabiting state. Since this arrangement doesn’t automatically provide some of the legal presidencies assigned to marriage, it’s advisable to put a cohabitation agreement in place. These legal contracts clearly outline the rights and responsibilities connected to any property, finances, or children whilst the couple is living together, or in the event that the relationship breaks down or someone passes. Having a detailed arrangement protects both parties, and here at Bate & Albon, our specialists are here to help you thoroughly cover all the relevant bases and know your rights.

Whether you are married or not, a separation agreement is another useful legal contract for those looking to no longer cohabit. The agreement provides clear parameters and responsibilities pertaining to finances, property, and children, much like in the cohabiting agreement. If you’re married, a separation agreement is usually agreed ahead of finalising the divorce.

Child and Family Arrangements

The breakdown of a family can be devastating, and when children are involved, legal action can be complex and cause large amounts of distress and strain. Though it can feel like you’re about to enter a battlefield, it’s always best to attempt resolve through mediation, avoiding the courtroom. That’s where Bate & Albon can help.

We offer legal counsel for spousal and child maintenance disputes, capital provision for children, and child arrangements. It can be particularly stressful to go through these processes if your situation involves domestic abuse, but we’re here to help you with injunctions, or any other issues concerning children.

Sometimes, mediation is unsuccessful. When this happens, you need a strong legal team with experience in child and family law. Bate & Albon solicitors are with you every step of the way, guiding you through the court processes, offering expert advice and support, and negotiating the best outcome for you and your family.

I have a legal family issue that you haven’t mentioned on this page. can you help?

Our skilled team at Bate & Albon have years of experience dealing with a broad spectrum of family and matrimonial law. We’re here to help you with any query, concern, or obstacle, pointing you in the right direction and providing sound legal advice at every turn. We recognise the delicate nature of family law, and we understand every scenario is unique.

When choosing a legal team, you need straight-talking, dedicated lawyers that offer a continued empathetic ear.

The first step is having the right legal team by your side. Talk to us today to find out more.

Steve Collett
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Who Handles Family And Matrimonial Law At Bate & Albon?

Steve has practised for over 25 years and is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel (Advanced). He specialises in matters of divorce, separation and children. He can usually offer a fixed fee.

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Brighton: 01273 525766

Eastbourne: 01323 406080

Chichester: 01243 271490

Worthing: 01903 369959