Our specialized lawyers in Family Law in Birmingham can provide tailored legal services in a wide range of aspects, such as marriage, divorce, child custody, human rights, civil partnership, adoption, child support, and many more. Clients can receive our legal support guidance for any kind of problem they met if connected to the earlier-mentioned aspects. We present you a few details about the legal matters we can handle in UK.
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How do I file for divorce?
Getting a divorce in UK also involves same-sex couples. The procedure starts only if the partners are married for at least one year and if they consider that the marriage cannot be saved. There are two ways in which a couple can separate:
- You can get a legal separation without ending the marriage, or;
- You can annul the marriage in UK.
When filing for divorce, couples will have to prove that the marriage cannot be saved for reasons like physical violence and abuse, adultery, desertion, or separation for at least two years, to name a few. Partners will have to agree on child custody and alimony, property, and asset distribution. If all these aspects are settled by the partners, the divorce procedure will be simple, without court proceedings. This amicable divorce procedure is normally suggested by our Birmingham solicitors, however, if there are no chances for settlement, our advisors will represent you in the court of law. Here is a video presentation that explains more:
Who deals with family cases?
The family cases are heard in Magistrates’ Courts and County Courts, under the provisions of the Family Procedure Rules. Also, the Family Division part of the High Court of Justice deals with a wide range of family situations and problems. We represent persons in the courts of law, no matter the situation you deal with. Our lawyers in Birmingham are at your service with immediate legal advice and assistance.
Maternity leave rights – What you need to know
All women in UK have the right to maternity leave, with all the benefits included referring to the payment. It is important to know that the same rights apply to paternity leave. Here is what you need to know about maternity leave in UK:
- Employees can work up to 10 days (keeping in touch days) during maternity leave, and it is optional.
- Employees can go back to work after 26 weeks of maternity or paternity leave.
- Employees have the right to take the same job or accept a new one in the company.
- Better job terms and conditions may apply after maternity or paternity leave.
For more details about these aspects, please feel free to get in touch with our family law solicitors in Birmingham.
Child benefits for families moving to UK
Families with children who have the right to reside in UK will have to verify the eligibility criteria for child benefits in this country. The first condition is to live with the child or children in UK for an undetermined period of time in order to benefit from the allowance. Children are also protected if parents are refugees or under humanitarian protection. This topic is quite sensitive, so if you would like to know more about child financial benefits, we strongly suggest you get in touch with our law firm in Birmingham and find out more details.
Child support in UK
Divorced parents will have to pay attention to the periodical payments for children, allowance, and other types of payments for minors. We mention that the British authorities can transfer properties in the name of a minor child, and also settle the allowance and other expenses. It is good to note that child maintenance is based on the financial information provided by HM Revenue & Customs and a series of regulations like education, daily expenses, separation, or divorce. Please talk to our team of lawyers in Birmingham if you want to know more about child support and allowance.
Is same-sex marriage accepted in UK?
Yes, persons of same-sex can marry in UK, as such a partnership or alliance is recognized in this country since 2014. If you are interested in such a partnership, please feel free to get in touch with us. We have gathered facts and figures about families in UK, according to the Office for National Statistics for 2019:
- There are around 12,683 opposite-sex married couple families in UK;
- More than 16,000 couples in UK have no children, while around 19,000 have one or two children;
- Around 7,266 parents in UK raise the children alone, as single parents;
- About 5,000 families in UK have 3 or more children;
- There were around 90,000 registered divorces in UK in 2018.
For more details about Family Law in UK, we kindly recommend you contact our law firm in Birmingham. Our team can offer legal advice and support.