WGS Solicitors has been offering specialist advice and assistance in family law both in the UK and internationally for over 25 years. The family team at WGS are leading and reputable experts in the field and have extensive experience on the most complex of family law matters.
The ethos of our family team is to provide a high level of client service to meet the needs on a range of instructions in all matters of family law. In particular we are able to advise families and individuals on the following:
Divorce, Financial Settlements and Cohabitation Disputes:
If you are about to get married or your relationship is coming to an end, our experienced family law solicitors are able to advise and guide you through the process offering both expert knowledge and support. We understand at WGS Solicitors that separation is an emotionally expensive process and where possible we strive to reach a fair outcome through an amicable resolution. We recognise the importance of privacy and the sensitive manner in which all matters must be approached. Our Danny Glasner, who has sat as a Deputy District Judge for the last 20 years, is a leading expert in family law.
Pre or Post Nuptial Agreements:
The current family law climate is changing. There is a greater emphasis and public awareness as to the need to take preventative steps rather than remedial steps. We feel it is important that cohabiting, engaged couples or newlyweds are aware of their respective rights at an early stage in their relationship. We often find that being able to reach an agreement as to what ought to happen with the marital finances in the event of separation assists couples in being able to achieve a far more amicable and friendly separation, dispelling any anxieties that committed couples may have about relationship breakdown
Children are often at the centre of a family law dispute. Where the arrangements of children are concerned emotions are naturally high. It is in our view important that advice is taken in order to ensure an arrangement is reached that is safe and in the best interests of your children. We frequently advise on the appropriate living arrangements for a child and contact arrangements. We also assist and advise extended family members including grandparents in being able to spend time with their grandchildren. Our Mark Gilmartin is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and has experience in representing children directly. He is therefore able to bring an additional level of experience and expertise when it comes to advising as to an arrangement that is in the best interest of your children.
Surrogacy and Parental Agreements:
We believe that it is extremely positive that the law recognises a range of different family structures. Our solicitors are able to advise you on your rights and the process that you need to go through in order to establish a legal surrogacy arrangement and to ensure that those in different family structures have obtained or are able to obtain legal recognition as a ‘parent’.
We work closely with a number of agencies including the local refuge to assist some of the most vulnerable in our society who may be suffering various forms of domestic abuse. Importantly the law now recognises that domestic abuse does not just include physical abuse and encompasses a range of circumstances including financial abuse, emotional abuse and other forms of control. Our solicitors are able to advise on such matters in the strictest confidence and with the greatest deal of sensitivity to ensure that those suffering from domestic abuse are able to obtain the appropriate form of protection and support that might be required.
International Divorce and International Children:
We have a wide range of experience in representing individuals from all over the continent. The department has a notable reputation in representing individuals from the Middle East, Israel, the USA and Russia.
At WGS we strive to provide a holistic and integrated service required for individuals involved in divorce and separation. We understand that often where individuals are separating there may be additional complexities such as a family run business. We have a strong team of solicitors at WGS who are therefore able to advise on matters associated with divorce and separation and are able to advise on matters including tax, private client, contentious trusts, property and business structuring.
Magazine articles from our team:
- Are current divorce laws outdated for the modern woman?
- Grandparents should become more involved in children’s lives
- How to make marriage – and divorce – work
- Property and breakup
- Pre-nuptial agreements
- Not settling for less
- When you see a solicitor…
- Civil partnership
- Cohabitation and the law
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