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Services

Separation

Anybody is entitled to separate from their spouse or ‘partner’ but in the case of married couples this does not mean simply moving into separate bedrooms because they must maintain 'separate households' even if they are still living in the same house. They should record the date on which their separation commences because they may subsequently wish to file for a divorce based upon two years separation with consent..........

Divorce

Ursula Bagnall and her assistant, Nichola Porter deal with divorce on a daily basis. They understand that going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful times of life for all of those involved; their aim is to help and support their client through it, so that he or she can begin the process of re-building their life as soon as possible. They will advise their client on the most cost effective and efficient way of proceeding with a divorce in the circumstances of his or her particular case..........

Domestic Violence

If you are experiencing violence or the threat of violence, or other forms of harassment from your partner, we will advise you of the options available to you. Injunction proceedings can be issued quickly depending on the circumstances of your case to provide you with the protection of the civil court. If there has been actual violence you may be able to get an Order to exclude your husband or partner from the family home..........

Children

The interests of children require sensitive and expert handling. Ursula Bagnall has extensive experience in acting for parents and children in these difficult and emotional disputes..........

Cohabitation

People who live together but do not marry do not acquire the same legal rights as married couples. If their home is in one party’s name only, then the other party acquires no automatic right to live there or any financial interest in it, regardless of how long they have lived together. They will have to fall back on trust and property law to resolve disputes between them over property, which can be complex and expensive..........

Premarital Arrangements

Obviously everybody hopes their marriage will last a lifetime, but with marital breakdown now so prevalent in our society, adopting a realistic approach before ‘walking down the aisle’, may not only save a lot of grief and expense but may also help both parties to be realistic and prepared for the possibility that they may not be together for life..........

Financial

This is a complex area of law in which Ursula Bagnall provides specialist advice. The division of assets remains discretionary, and is decided according to certain statutory criteria which has to be applied in every case but whose interpretation has been varied by three decades of case law. Recent cases have established a 50:50 starting point in all except very short marriages..........

Guidance through Mediation

Mediation is now urged upon couples following the breakdown of their relationship. Mediators are trained to try and help couples reach agreement about matters such as the future arrangements for the children and how the family finances will be organised. The aim is to help them settle differences over children and money without recourse to the Courts. Sometimes a case which has started in Court will be adjourned to allow the parties to attend mediation..........

-Sensitive Approach
-Forward thinking
-Years of experience
-Value for money