Domestic Abuse

Domestic Violence & Emotional Abuse Solicitors

Unfortunately, domestic abuse is still all too common in the UK. One in four women experience domestic abuse in their lifetimes, while one in five children live in an environment where domestic abuse occurs.

Schedule a no-cost 1-hour consultation with our team today to discuss your options and protect your legal rights. Led by John Randle, our Family Law practice head with nearly 40 years of experience, we specialise in individuals on civil partnership matters, including navigating the intricate financial aspects that accompany dissolution. Our goal is to minimise stress and facilitate a fair and favorable settlement for our clients.

Safeguarding Yourself Against Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse does not always take the form of physical violence. If your partner is behaving in a way that humiliates or intimidates you or is seeking to make you subordinate and/or dependent, you may be entitled to legal protection.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse and want to discuss the legal protections available to you, we will be happy to arrange a consultation in the strictest confidence. Our family law team will help you arrange swift protection through Non-Molestation Orders and other court remedies.

Our solicitors will prioritise your case to ensure you are removed from danger as soon as possible. We will also help liaise with police and emergency services, should you wish us to.

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John Randle, Senior Counsel and Head of Family Practice

Why McAllister Olivarius?

Experienced Team

McAllister Olivarius has built an international reputation for representing survivors of discrimination and abuse, including in cases where victims and perpetrators are in different countries. We have helped many women and men experiencing domestic abuse, including through coercive and controlling behaviour.

Our team is experienced in advising on the complex financial issues that arise following dissolution of civil partnerships both in the UK and abroad. We can guide you through the process of dividing assets and property as well as complex issues such as dealing with business assets, trusts, overseas wealth (including property) and the division of pensions.

Our practice is led by John Randle, a specialist in family law with nearly 40 years’ experience. John typically acts for high-net-worth individuals, from prominent businesspeople to household names in the world of sport. His clients have included British Olympians, Premier League footballers, international rugby players and others.

John is recognised by leading directories for his skill in dealing with a full range of divorce matters, including matrimonial finance, the division of business assets, and complex private child law issues such as international surrogacy, international adoption and special guardianship applications.

Over his many years in law, John has represented and advised thousands of clients facing divorce. He has acted in significant settlements, including complex prenuptial arrangements worth tens of millions of pounds.

Unparalleled Experience, Meticulous Approach

We understand the financial and emotional intricacies of the divorce process and will find a way to protect your interests while considering the well-being of you and your children.

Whatever your circumstances, our meticulous approach will help you reach a fair and favourable settlement.

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What are the grounds for divorce in England and Wales?

As of April 6, 2022, there has been no need to specify grounds for divorce in the England and Wales beyond the irretrievable breakdown of marriage. The no-fault divorce rule allows married persons or civil partners to apply for a divorce without the need to identify bad behaviour or prove fault on the part of their spouse.

Divorcing couples can file for divorce by citing the irretrievable breakdown of their marriage. This is done by submitting a sole or joint application under which both parties agree to dissolve their relationship. If only one party wishes to file for divorce, they may submit a sole application which can no longer be contested by the other party, save for rare technical legal grounds such as legality or jurisdiction of marriage.

However, a no-fault divorce only ends your marriage. It does not address complexities that are likely to arise from the division of finances, assets and property. What happens to the matrimonial home? If the home is sold, how should the proceeds be divided? When should spousal maintenance be paid, for how long and how much? Should any pensions be shared? If so, how? For divorcing parents, it will be necessary to establish who the children will live with, how much time they will spend with the other parent and when.

These are typically very challenging questions that can have a big impact on both partners’ lives. Contact us if you would like to discuss any of the above issues in confidence with one of our solicitors.

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What are the alternatives to divorce?

If you feel your marriage has irretrievably broken down but are not ready to commit to divorce proceedings, a legal separation can offer you the time and space to decide what’s right for you. A legal separation does not end your marriage. You and your spouse will be recognised as legally married, and you will retain some of the legal benefits to which married couples are entitled.

Often, couples use legal separation to determine whether divorce is really the right decision. Legally separating couples will have to deal with the same issues as divorcing couples, from the division of assets and debts to parenting and childcare rights and responsibilities. However, any such agreement that is formalised in a separation agreement can be carried over if you do decide to get divorced.

If you would like to discuss whether legal separation is right for you or have questions about financial or parental issues related to a legal separation, contacts us now for a free initial consultation.

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