Family and Relationships

Family and Relationships

Family and Relationships

Relationship breakdown and family disputes are amongst the most difficult and stressful situations that people can find themselves in.

E Rex Makin & Co recognises that everybody’s situation is different and we offer an effective, efficient and sympathetic service in all aspects of Family Law to provide the advice and representation suited to your needs.

We offer advice across the spectrum from those entering into relationships to those who need detailed assistance with financial resolution following divorce (in which we have experience of dealing with high profile high net worth cases).

We deal with the following:

Divorce

Relationship breakdown is very stressful and upsetting for anyone. It is natural for you to be confused and need reassurance about the procedure and how to make the right decisions. We provide a sympathetic, effective and efficient service.

We pride ourselves on offering a straightforward and no-nonsense approach that will explain everything in a way that is easy to understand to clients. The firms reputation proceeds it and we represent clients from across Liverpool, Wirral and Chester and even nationwide.

We recognise that once you have decided that your marriage is at an end it should be ended quickly, quietly and at a minimum cost to you .

 

Fixed fee divorce packages

We offer fixed fee packages for clients who wish to petition for divorce and also for clients who have been served with divorce papers or are aware that they are likely to be in the future.

– We provide an initial interview to provide general advice, advice as to the procedure and to answer any questions that you may have for £100 plus VAT.

– If you are the petitioner in divorce proceedings and your proceedings are to proceed undefended, we charge £500 plus VAT and disbursements.

– If you are the respondent in divorce proceedings and the proceedings are undefended, we charge £350 plus VAT for dealing with your divorce.

If you would like to discuss your situation please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our team.

Civil Partnership Disputes

We can petition on your behalf or defend proceedings on your behalf.

Fixed fees civil partnership packages

  • We charge £100 plus VAT for initial advice
  • If you are the petitioner in the civil partnership dissolution proceedings and your petition is to proceed undefended we charge £500 plus VAT and disbursements for dealing with your civil partnership dissolution.
  • If you are the respondent in civil partnership dissolution we charge £350 plus VAT for dealing with your civil partnership dissolution.

If you would like to discuss your situation please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our team.

Disputes Regarding Children of the Family

Disputes relating to children are the most challenging, difficult and emotive area of Family Law.

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with these difficult cases and can ensure that you receive advice tailored to your own situation. We act efficiently and we can help to work with you to help negotiate appropriate settlements to dispute and also provide you with strong representation.

We advise in relation to Child Arrangement Orders (where children live and how often they spend time with their parents), change of children’s surnames, parental responsibility queries and Specific Issue Applications which deal with situations such as were one parent wants to remove the child(ren) from this country or disputes in relation to educational or health issues. The Partner in this department is a Law Society Children Panel accredited specialist.

Fixed fee arrangements can be discussed and negotiated in relation to all children cases.

If you would like to discuss your situation please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our experienced solicitors.

Financial claims upon divorce or separation

The financial aspect of divorce or separation an often be very stressful and upsetting for clients. At E. Rex Makin, our team are here to help you to achieve a negotiated settlement where possible.

If this is not possible, we will guide you through the court process and provide you with strong representation – every step of the way.

Through our wider team we can help you to also resolve any property and inheritance issues you may come across including, the making of new Wills, severance of joint tenancies where applicable and any necessary transfers of property following settlement.

Fixed fees can be offered for financial cases and these can be discussed at your first meeting with us and all new clients are seen by the partner in charge of the department.

If you would like to discuss your situation please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our team.

Financial Claims for cohabitees

Today, many people who live together are not married, buy property together and jointly deal with their finances. As with all financial disputes following the breakdown of a relationship the emphasis should be on reaching an agreement quickly.

If you own a property jointly with your ex-partner, or even if you are not a legal owner but you made contributions to the property whether directly or indirectly, you may have a claim for a share of that property.

If there are children of the relationship you may be able to make financial claims for maintenance and support, through Child Maintenance Authority and / or the Courts.

If you would like to discuss a financial claim please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our team.

Asset protection

Trusts are a way to ring-fence your assets to ensure that they will be safe for the future so you can avoid losing your assets if the relationship goes wrong. You can do this before you marry or cohabit.

You can have full use of your assets during your lifetime with a Trust and will be free to move, downsize and spend the savings you have protected. You will also be able to receive income from your savings.

Setting up a Trust before you marry or cohabit can help to avoid losing your assets if the relationship goes wrong in the future. Assets ring-fenced by a Trust do not form part of the marital assets in a settlement and your spouse/partner will be unable to claim any of your assets.

You can also protect your son or daughter, grandchildren or other family members from losing their inheritance in a divorce in the future by setting up a Trust. You can impose restrictions, conditions and time limits in your Trust, so you can keep your assets in your family.

If you would like to discuss protecting your assets please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our team.

Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements

Following a string of high-profile and widely publicised marriages and divorces, this complex area of law has been moved to the forefront of people’s minds.

We can offer advice and assistance to clients seeking to protect their assets by having a pre-nuptial agreement prepared and also to clients seeking help when they have been advised by their prospective spouse that they need to sign one.

If you would like to discuss your situation please telephone 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our team.

Grandparents‘ Rights

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with cases on behalf of grandparents and can provide accurate advice and strong representation.

If you would like to discuss your situation please telephone 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our team.

Special Guardianship Applications

Sometimes relatives are asked by the Local Authority to care for a child who is a member of their family. We can provide accurate advice and strong representation in relation to Special Guardianship Applications and Social Services intervention for privately paying clients.

If you would like to discuss your situation please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our team.

Domestic Violence Issues

Domestic violence issues are treated with the utmost seriousness by this firm. We recognise through our years of experience ,the support ,strong representation and efficient service that clients need and deserve.

If you would like to discuss your situation with an experienced solicitor, call 0151 709 4491 or click here to send an email.

Making a Will

Just one third of over 50’s have made a Will to ensure their family, loved-ones and assets are protected when they die. Do you fall into the majority of those that haven’t made decisions about your estate and who it should go to?

Perhaps you think you can write you’re own? Well our team of experienced solicitors would say this was a false economy. For a fixed fee, we can prevent mistakes, the long-drawn out probate process and prevent complication for your loved ones by creating a legally binding Will.

We have decades of experience in guiding our clients through the process enabling you to plan in advance for your life and your death.

If you would like to discuss making a Will please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our team.

Estate Planning for step families

In nearly half of all stepfamilies, one spouse or the other brings a child or children with them. Any remarriage can complicate estate planning, but this is especially true when it involves children from prior marriage – and even more so when couples have additional children together.

Step families face unique challenges when they begin to plan their estates. It is important that adults create a Will, Trusts or other estate plan if it is their intention to provide for the entirety of their family to create certainty and bring order to even the most complicated family circumstances.

Assets are usually left to the surviving spouse, who then decides how the assets are distributed upon their death. In these circumstances all of your assets, or the assets you have inherited, could be given to your step children rather than shared with your children as you may have intended.

We can help you confirm your intentions and ensure that your wishes are followed.

If you would like to discuss estate planning for step families and create financial certainty for your loved ones please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact one of our team.

Financial protection from relationship failure

By protecting your assets with a Trust before you marry or cohabit, you can avoid losing them if the relationship goes wrong in the future. Assets ring-fenced by a Trust do not form part of the marital assets in a divorce settlement and your spouse/partner will be unable to claim any of your assets.

You can also protect your son or daughter, grandchildren or other relatives who you intend to benefit from your estate from losing their inheritance should they divorce by protecting your assets with a Trust. By setting up a Trust you are keeping your assets in your family.

You can impose restrictions, conditions and time limits on gifts in accordance with your wishes.

If you would like to discuss financial protection from relationship failure please call 0151 709 4491 or click here to contact to one of our team.