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Posted 31 October 2016
by Tracy Lambert

Family Law – Exeter



The Family Law Team at Tozers cover a wide range of family issues and has a number of specialists available to assist you in your case.

Our Exeter office is home to the Private Matrimonial Team which deals with all aspects of separation, divorce and finances including complex cases involving pensions and business assets. Our Newton Abbot office deals with all aspects of child related matters including care proceedings, issues with arrangements for children (previously known as Contact and Residence) and applications on behalf of Grandparents. The team in Newton Abbot is able to offer Legal Aid to individuals who are eligible and this may be extended to those going through a separation or divorce.

Once you have arranged an initial meeting with a family law specialist, please bear the following in mind:-

If the other party has already sought legal advice, you may have received communication from their solicitors. In this event, please bring any correspondence with you to your initial meeting. If you have not received any correspondence, you only need to bring your identification documents with you, although please bring any paperwork you feel is relevant to the discussions and can help the solicitor to provide with you advice.

At your initial meeting, your solicitor will ask you for key dates such as the date of marriage, date of birth of any children, and any other dates relevant to your situation.  If finances are relevant, you will also be asked for the estimated current value of the family home and, if applicable, how much the outstanding mortgage is, as well as the value of both of your incomes, savings, and pensions. The more information you can provide to your solicitor at the meeting, the more comprehensive the advice is able to be.

It is normal to feel nervous or emotional, and you may want to bring a friend or relative with you to your meeting. In addition to providing emotional support, they can also be a further set of ears and take notes for you. We would advise that you do not bring your children to the meeting. This is so you are able to fully focus, and the matters that are going to be discussed aren’t always suitable for them to hear.

It’s important to have a good idea of what you’re hoping to get from the meeting and any particular issues you wish to discuss, and perhaps have a list of questions you can bring up at the meeting.

Whatever your family law query, Tozers’ team of specialist lawyers are there to help you at every stage in your case. Contact us to arrange a free initial consultation today.

 

 

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About the author

Tracy Lambert

Partner

Partner based in Exeter's family team