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At Barnes Clark Family Law, we offer up-to-date expertise and a service you can trust and rely on. We are specialists in our field and have extensive experience of all aspects of family law and divorce.

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Divorce & Separation

We offer up-to-date legal expertise and a Divorce & Separation service you can both trust and rely on.

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Mediation

Mediation helps you make decisions without spending months locked into costly litigation proceedings. 

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Financial & Property

For any couple faced with separation, finances will be a difficult and hotly contested area of discussion.

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📣Why should you consider having a Parenting Plan?📣A Parenting Plan is usually used to set out contact arrangements for children, during term time, holidays, special dates etc. It can also be used by parents in respect of other childcare issues.Parenting Plans can have a positive impact on family life.Parenting Plans are designed to put your children’s best interests at the forefront of your decision making and encourage you to think about their needs at every stage.They are free and easy to download at www.cafcass.gov.uk and can also be completed online, making it as simple as possible for both parents to access and collaborate via phone, email or in person.Parenting Plans open up the conversation between parents and gives them a framework for discussion and debate.They will inevitably raise issues that neither parent had anticipated such as who will look after the children if they are off school sick or how will a new partner be introduced to the family.Parenting Plans give everyone an element of certainty about the future and how family occasions such as Christmas, holidays and parents’ evenings will be managed.Grandparents and other family members can be included in the discussions if they have an important role in family life and childcare.Parenting Plans can be agreed between you, drawn up within Family Mediation or solicitors can assist you with this.For further information, or to arrange a legal or a mediation appointment please contact us on 01274 861096 (Liversedge) or 01423 637272 (Harrogate) or email enquiries@barnesclarkfamily.law. ... See MoreSee Less
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📣 The Common Law Marriage Myth 📣Unmarried couples often refer to themselves as having a common law marriage, however it is extremely important to know that in England and Wales, common law marriages are a myth. Unmarried couples do not have the same rights and protection as married couples. Further guidance is below.Which area of law governs separation for unmarried couples?Unless you have children, your legal rights as to finances are governed by trust and property law and not family law.What about our property?The starting point is that if property is in your sole name, the other party does not have any legal interest in it. They may however be able to claim a beneficial interest in the property, for example if they have contributed to the purchase price, made payments towards the mortgage or can show that other contributions have been made. This is a very complex area, but something our solicitors can advise you on, in detail.Where property is held in joint names, both parties have an interest in the property, as will be evidenced by the property title. Usually property is held equally as ‘joint tenants’ or ‘tenants in common’, but it is important to note that parties can hold property as ‘tenants in common’ with unequal shares, meaning one party may have a larger interest in the property. Usually, there will be written evidence documenting this.We have children – does this change things?If you and your partner have children together, you may be able to make a claim under Sch 1 of the Children Act 1989. This meaning a property can be purchased or preserved for your children. It is important to note that any claim has to be made on behalf of your children – not you.Within this, you may be able to seek an order that you stay in the property or your former partner assists you in re-housing. Any assistance would then revert back to them a future point in time or pass directly to your children. If you are concerned that your former partner may make a claim, it is important for you to seek early legal advice.Can I get spousal maintenance?In short, no. For unmarried couples, there is no jurisdiction for income related payments to be paid to you by your former spouse.If you have children, you may be entitled to receive child maintenance payments from your former partner. This is governed by the Child Maintenance Service and they can assist in determining what payments should be made. They can also help you if your former partner fails to make payments.For further information, or to arrange an appointment please contact us on 01274 861096 (Liversedge) or 01423 637272 (Harrogate) or email enquiries@barnesclarkfamily.law. Please note that we offer a free half an hour consultation. ... See MoreSee Less
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