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    21 December 2020

    Family Law: New Year, new beginnings?

    The New Year is often a time for reflection and traditionally a time for setting new goals and starting new beginnings. 

    Although the Christmas and New Year period is an opportunity for family and friends to come together, there is no doubt that it is also a period that can add additional strain to relationships. Families may already be feeling increased pressure this year, due to the turbulent changes enforced by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and more recently the Government restrictions, preventing families from coming together as they would like to do.

    Unfortunately for some, January can be the period for divorce with the view that this is a ‘fresh start’. It can be a daunting decision to make however, the Family Team at Steeles Law will work with you through the process to ensure that the conclusion achieved is the best for all parties.

    Some may feel that the notion of a ‘Good Divorce’ is unrealistic or naïve, but it can be achieved if both parties are on board with approaching it in a non-confrontational, constructive way. See our previous article which outlines suggested Top tips for achieving a ‘Good Divorce’.

    Prenuptial agreements

    Just as some relationships end, others begin their next chapters. The festive period is one of the most popular times for marriage proposals. As the festivities subside and the planning for the big day begins, it is important for both parties to also consider the legal implications of their engagement and marriage and whether a prenuptial agreement could be appropriate. There is a preconception that prenups take away the romance from the relationship, however, nobody knows what the future may hold and in the unfortunate event that the relationship breaks down, a prenuptial agreement can be important in protecting each parties financial positions.

    Prenuptial agreements can be particularly important for those entering second marriages, especially where there are children or multiple assets. Whilst they may not be suitable for all couples, they are an important consideration before the big day.

    For more information on pre-nuptial agreements, please see our frequently asked questions article, which is designed to help you, however the Steeles Law Family team will be happy to discuss any complex questions you have.

    Making a Will

    Another legal matter to review when getting your affairs in order is updating or making a Will. A Will can deal with issues such as who you would like to receive your assets if you die and who you would like to appoint as guardians for any children under 18.

    Fixed Fee Appointments

    Steeles Law Family Solicitors offer an initial fixed fee meeting for £100 plus VAT for up to an hour or £125 + VAT, including a follow-up letter. The team also offer fixed-fee packages concerning divorce and financial proceedings. If you would like to discuss any of the matters discussed in this article, please call the team on 01603 598000 or email family@steeleslaw.co.uk to book your appointment.

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