Understanding the Matrimonial Causes Act in Family Law

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Understanding the Matrimonial Causes Act in Family Law

At Wildings Solicitors, we are committed to providing comprehensive legal support in all aspects of family law. In the UK, the Matrimonial Causes Act plays a significant role in governing marriage and divorce proceedings. This act lays the foundation for resolving matrimonial disputes, financial settlements, and child custody matters.

Our Family Law Solicitors specialise in a range of matters. Our team has developed a reputation for being able to solve domestic disputes, regardless of how complicated. Our team of Family Solicitors regularly assist clients with DivorceChild Custody and Domestic Violence matters.

We recognise that family disputes can be emotionally exhausting, so our solicitors go the extra mile to deal with all of the practical and financial stress on your behalf.

Book your initial consultation with our Solicitors today and find out how our team of experts can find a positive solution to your matter. Request a call back using the contact form, freephone 0330 333 8797 or email us at info@wildings-solicitors.co.uk.

The Matrimonial Causes Act: An Overview

The Matrimonial Causes Act is a vital piece of legislation that outlines the legal framework for divorce and related matters in the United Kingdom. Under this act, couples seeking divorce must satisfy certain legal criteria, and it provides guidance on issues such as:

  • Grounds for divorce
  • Financial settlements
  • Child custody and support
  • Property division
  • Spousal maintenance
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Our experienced family law solicitors have a deep understanding of the Matrimonial Causes Act and its implications on marriage and divorce. We are here to guide you through the legal processes associated with the act, ensuring that your rights and interests are protected.

Our Matrimonial Causes Act Services:

  • Divorce Proceedings: We can assist you in initiating and navigating divorce proceedings, ensuring compliance with the requirements set forth in the Matrimonial Causes Act.

  • Financial Settlements: Our solicitors help you negotiate fair and equitable financial settlements, taking into account the provisions of the act.

  • Child Custody and Support: We provide expert advice and representation in matters related to child custody, visitation rights, and child support, all in accordance with the act.

  • Property and Asset Division: Our team ensures that the division of marital assets and property is carried out justly and in compliance with the Matrimonial Causes Act.

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Wildings Solicitors is Lexcel Accredited. The Lexcel Accreditation is the Law Society’s quality mark for excellence in practice management.

In situations where an amicable solution cannot be reached through negotiation, our Child Custody Solicitors will be on hand to support you through every stage of Court proceedings. Our experienced Family Law team can assist you with:

  • Expertise in family law and in-depth knowledge of the Matrimonial Causes Act.
  • Personalized legal solutions tailored to your unique situation.
  • A compassionate and empathetic approach during difficult times.
  • Proven success in handling complex matrimonial cases.

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Family Law matters can be delicate. Along with offering you practical support and advice throughout your matter, our Child Custody Solicitors will always go the extra mile to reduce the strain placed upon you and your loved ones.

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What works for one family may not necessarily work for you. Our Solicitors reject the one-size-fits-all approach and instead focus on coming to a solution that is specific to the circumstances of you and your family.

Book your initial consultation with our Child Custody Solicitors in Birmingham & Manchester today. Freephone 0330 333 8797, request a callback or email info@wildings-solicitors.co.uk.

Questions You Might Have

General Quesitons

The Matrimonial Causes Act is a key piece of legislation in the United Kingdom that governs divorce and related matters. It outlines the legal framework for resolving marital disputes, financial settlements, child custody, and other issues arising from marriages.

The act specifies certain grounds for divorce, including adultery, unreasonable behavior, desertion, and separation for a specific period. Our solicitors can guide you on the appropriate grounds for your case.

The duration of divorce proceedings can vary depending on various factors, including the complexity of the case and court availability. Our solicitors work to expedite the process while ensuring all legal requirements are met.

Yes, mediation is encouraged under the act to resolve disputes amicably. Our team offers mediation services to facilitate open communication and reach mutually beneficial agreements.

Our solicitors have extensive experience in family law and a deep understanding of the Matrimonial Causes Act. We provide personalized legal solutions, compassionate support, and a successful track record in handling matrimonial cases.

The use of a solicitor eliminates the emotional stress involved in family matters. Our friendly and professional family team is available to alleviate such pressures and will therefore work closely with you whilst offering you the best service.

Under the new divorce law it would be worthwhile to consider if a single application should be made or should a joint application be made. Joint applications can be made by both parties where there is amicability.  In joint applications, both parties have the option to split the costs involved the same.

No. Since the introduction of a ‘non-fault’ divorce in April 2022, the obligation to apply under the previous five criteria no longer exists. This concept has been initiated by Courts in order to promote amicability between parties. There is also now an option to make a ‘joint’ application for divorce. Our specialist family solicitor at Wildings is happy to provide a non-obligation 30-minute consultation.

As you will be cohabiting, cohabitation laws will apply under such circumstances. In such cases, we would advise parties to enter into a cohabitation agreement, outlining what the outcome could be should your relationship come to an end.

Unfortunately, the UK does not recognise a Nikkah as a legal marriage in the UK. Speak with our family lawyer today to establish if you are eligible to make a claim under the Trustees and Land of Appointments and Trustees Act.

Financial Related

The act provides guidelines for fair and equitable financial settlements, considering factors like assets, income, and the needs of both spouses. We can help you negotiate and achieve a just financial settlement.

The process for negotiating a financial settlement can be done in two ways. Firstly, if financial matters are agreed upon between both parties a finance consent order can then be drafted and filed with the court alongside the relevant paperwork.

On the other hand, if matters are not agreed upon between parties and where there is a financial dispute regarding assets and finances, it would then be recommended to go through the court process of obtaining a financial order. This process is generally quite lengthy and consists of financial hearings and full financial disclosure from both parties. Once a settlement is agreed a final order will then be granted.

If Children Involved

The act addresses child custody and support issues, focusing on the best interests of the child. Our solicitors can assist you in making arrangements that comply with the act and prioritize your child’s welfare.

If you have a genuine fear that your ex-partner will not return the children back to you or the UK where they are usually resident, we will make an emergency application with the Family Courts for a Prohibited Steps Order.

Unfortunately, grandparents do not have parental rights and therefore an application needs to be made to the court initially. You will need to ask the court for permission to make an application for contact under Form C100. Our team is on hand to support you through such cases.

If you have parental responsibility, our family team can make an application to the family courts requesting a contact arrangement.

Here at Wildings, we would guide you through the process, whilst ensuring that we obtain the best and most effective result for you.

In such cases, we would initially recommend mediation. Should matters continue to not be resolved, we would then advise you on what application should be made to the court to finalise arrangements.

About Your Safety

If you are in fear for your safety or have experienced either physical, verbal, emotional, or psychological abuse, control, coercion, harassment or threatening behaviour, we are able to make an ex-parte non-molestation order to protect you from the forms of harassment above.  Should there be an occupational dispute concerning property, we are also able to make an application for an occupation order.

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